Mantua and Venice about 1500

Andrea Mantegna received a classical training in the university city of Padua and his paintings emphasise his thoughtful investigations of the art of ancient Rome. This archaeological style brought him to the attention of the Gonzaga rulers of Mantua, avid enthusiasts of the antique, who employed him as their court artist from 1459. His late monochrome pictures were intended to show that painting could match the qualities of relief sculpture.

The career of his brother-in-law, the Venetian Giovanni Bellini, was very different. Bellini produced paintings for churches and palaces, both altarpieces and private devotional images, from his large workshop. Instead of a court salary, Bellini’s success depended on the art market. Many aspects of his style are also found in the work of his younger contemporary Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano, whose beautifully crafted religious works are notable for their landscapes, the crisp clarity of draperies, focused detail, and figures with the sturdy solidity of sculpture.

Paintings in this room

The Circumcision
The Circumcision
Workshop of Giovanni Bellini
The Virgin and Child
The Virgin and Child
Workshop of Giovanni Bellini
The Entombment
The Entombment
Andrea Busati
Christ Crowned with Thorns
Christ Crowned with Thorns
Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano
Saint Jerome in a Landscape
Saint Jerome in a Landscape
Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas
Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano
The Virgin and Child
The Virgin and Child
Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano
A Woman Drinking
A Woman Drinking
Andrea Mantegna
Samson and Delilah
Samson and Delilah
Andrea Mantegna
 
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