Andrea • Mantegna

One of the key artistic figures of the second half of the 15th century, Mantegna ( 1431- 1506) was a master of perspective and foreshortening. He made important contributions to the compositional techniques of the Renaissance painting. The influence of both ancient Roman sculpture and the contemporary sculptor Donatello are clearly evident in Mantegna's rendering of the human figure. His human forms were distinguished for their solidity, expressiveness, and anatomical correctness.
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Painting by Andrea Mantegna, ca 1455, Presentation at the Temple, Tempera on canvas. (detail)

Painting by Andrea Mantegna, ca 1455, Presentation at the Temple, Tempera on canvas. (detail)

Andrea Mantegna, Camera degli Sposi, a putto on the ceiling, Palazzo Gonzaga in Mantova

Andrea Mantegna, Camera degli Sposi, a putto on the ceiling, Palazzo Gonzaga in Mantova

Andrea Mantegna - Virgin and Child with Saints Jerome and Louis of Toulouse circa 1455 • In 1453, Mantegna married Nicolosia, Giovanni Bellini’s sister, thus forming close links with the most important painting workshop in Venice, run by his father-in-law Jacopo Bellini. The intense exchanges of ideas between the two brothers-in-law and the resulting influences were to have fundamental repercussions on the destinies of painting in Northern Italy.

Andrea Mantegna - Virgin and Child with Saints Jerome and Louis of Toulouse circa 1455 • In 1453, Mantegna married Nicolosia, Giovanni Bellini’s sister, thus forming close links with the most important painting workshop in Venice, run by his father-in-law Jacopo Bellini. The intense exchanges of ideas between the two brothers-in-law and the resulting influences were to have fundamental repercussions on the destinies of painting in Northern Italy.

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