Mantegna and Bellini

1 October 2018 – 27 January 2019

Sainsbury Wing

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Discover two artists who changed the course of Western European art

A tale of two artists and brothers-in-law, ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ tells a story of art, family, rivalry, and personality.

Andrea Mantegna’s brilliant compositional innovation and Giovanni Bellini’s atmospheric, natural landscapes were groundbreaking – no one had seen anything like it before.

Following their respective careers in Padua and Venice, and Mantegna’s fame as court painter to the powerful Gonzaga family in nearby Mantua, ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ is the first-ever exhibition to explore the creative links between these artists.

It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see in London rare loans of paintings and drawings from around the world by two of the most influential artists of the Renaissance.

Giovanni Bellini, The Dead Christ, supported, by two Angels, about 1470–5 © Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
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Giovanni Bellini, 'The Dead Christ supported by Two Angels', about 1470–5 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldagalerie / Photo: Christoph Schmidt

Giovanni Bellini, The Virgin and Child, about 1475 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldagalerie / Photo: Christoph Schmidt
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Giovanni Bellini, 'The Virgin and Child', about 1475 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldagalerie / Photo: Christoph Schmidt

Giovanni Bellini, The Virgin and Child with Saints Catherine and Mary Magdalene, about 1480 © Su concessione del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo, Museo Nazionale delle Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia  / Details: Photo: Francesco Turio Bohm
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Giovanni Bellini, 'The Virgin and Child with Saints Catherine and Mary Magdalene', about 1480 © Su concessione del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo, Museo Nazionale delle Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia

Andrea Mantegna, Saint Sebastian, about 1459–60, Gemäldegalerie, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna © KHM-Museumsverband
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Andrea Mantegna, 'Saint Sebastian', about 1459–60. Gemäldegalerie, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna © KHM-Museumsverband

Andrea Mantegna, 'The Dead Christ supported by Two Angels', 1485–1500 © Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
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Andrea Mantegna, 'The Dead Christ supported by Two Angels', 1485–1500 © Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Giovanni Bellini, 'The Agony in the Garden', about 1460–5 © The National Gallery, London
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Giovanni Bellini, 'The Agony in the Garden', about 1460–5 © The National Gallery, London

Giovanni Bellini, The Dead Christ, supported, by two Angels, about 1470–5 © Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
Giovanni Bellini, The Virgin and Child, about 1475 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldagalerie / Photo: Christoph Schmidt
Giovanni Bellini, The Virgin and Child with Saints Catherine and Mary Magdalene, about 1480 © Su concessione del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo, Museo Nazionale delle Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia  / Details: Photo: Francesco Turio Bohm
Andrea Mantegna, Saint Sebastian, about 1459–60, Gemäldegalerie, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna © KHM-Museumsverband
Andrea Mantegna, 'The Dead Christ supported by Two Angels', 1485–1500 © Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
Giovanni Bellini, 'The Agony in the Garden', about 1460–5 © The National Gallery, London

Exhibition organised by the National Gallery and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in collaboration with the British Museum

Exhibition supported by

The Thompson Family Charitable Trust

Robert Lehman Foundation

With additional support from

Graham and Amanda Hutton
Elizabeth and Daniel Peltz OBE
The Tavolozza Foundation – Katrin Bellinger 
The Vaseppi Trust
The Jerusalem Trust
Andrew Bentley and Fiona Garland
William and Theresa Vereker

The Thornton Foundation
Dr Nicola Coldstream
And those who wish to remain anonymous

Exhibition sponsored by

Image above: Detail from Andrea Mantegna, 'The Dead Christ supported by Two Angels', 1485–1500 © Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen