Andrea Mantegna

about 1430/1 - 1506

Mantegna was born near Padua and worked for local artist Squarcione. Believing his talents were being exploited, the ambitious young artist broke their agreement and in 1453 married into the rival Venetian firm of the Bellinis. Mantegna's early style is represented by the 'Agony in the Garden'.

Mantegna, Andrea
Andrea Mantegna 



His first important commission came in 1448, painting frescoes for the Eremitani Chapel in Padua. He worked in Padua, Verona and Venice before moving to Mantua in 1460, where he spent the rest of his life. The great paintings by Mantegna in the Gallery date from his years in Mantua as court artist to the Gonzaga.

His scholarly interest in the antique drew him into friendship with humanist scholars like Felice Feliciano. In 1464 they dressed up as Romans for a boating excursion on Lake Garda. In the 'Triumphs of Caesar' Mantegna indulged his interest in antique art, which can also be seen in the Gallery's 'Cult of Cybele'. He developed a painting technique which enabled him to imitate the look of classical sculpture. Mantegna produced engravings which helped spread his designs and fame beyond Italy. From possibly humble origins Mantegna rose to become a valued retainer of the Gonzaga. He was knighted by 1484, a rare honour for an artist.

Related paintings

A Woman Drinking
Andrea Mantegna
about 1495-1506
A Woman Drinking
Samson and Delilah
Andrea Mantegna
about 1500
Samson and Delilah
The Agony in the Garden
Andrea Mantegna
about 1458-60
The Agony in the Garden
The Holy Family with Saint John
Andrea Mantegna
about 1500
The Holy Family with Saint John
The Virgin and Child with Saints
Andrea Mantegna
probably 1490-1505
The Virgin and Child with Saints
Two Exemplary Women of Antiquity
Andrea Mantegna
about 1495-1506
Two Exemplary Women of Antiquity
Noli me Tangere
Imitator of Andrea Mantegna
perhaps 1460-1550
Noli me Tangere
The Maries at the Sepulchre
Imitator of Andrea Mantegna
perhaps 1460-1550
The Maries at the Sepulchre
The Resurrection
Imitator of Andrea Mantegna
perhaps 1460-1550
The Resurrection
Three Scenes of the Passion of Christ
Imitator of Andrea Mantegna
perhaps 1460-1550
Three Scenes of the Passion of Christ
 
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