Room 61

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

Antonello da Messina: 'Portrait of a Man'
Portrait of a Man
Antonello da Messina
Antonello da Messina: 'Saint Jerome in his Study'
Saint Jerome in his Study
Antonello da Messina
Alesso Baldovinetti: 'Portrait of a Lady'
Portrait of a Lady
Alesso Baldovinetti
Giovanni Bellini: 'The Doge Leonardo Loredan'
Doge Leonardo Loredan
Giovanni Bellini
Sandro Botticelli: 'Portrait of a Young Man'
Portrait of a Young Man
Sandro Botticelli
Sandro Botticelli: 'Venus and Mars'
Venus and Mars
Sandro Botticelli
Dirk Bouts: 'The Entombment'
The Entombment
Dirk Bouts
Leonardo da Vinci: 'The Virgin of the Rocks'
The Virgin of the Rocks
Leonardo da Vinci
Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece: 'The Deposition'
The Deposition
Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece
Andrea del Verrocchio: 'The Virgin and Child with Two Angels'
The Virgin and Child with Two Angels
Andrea del Verrocchio and assistant ( Lorenzo di Credi )
Rogier van der Weyden: 'The Magdalen Reading'
The Magdalen Reading
Rogier van der Weyden