Thursday, October 8, 2009

Andrea Mantegna

As an art history major and as an artist, I decided to research an artist whose work influenced and inspired me personally. Andrea Mantegna's work is both aesthetically appealing and thought provoking. His work emerged in a time that was riddled with artistic discovery and revival, the Renaissance. A trademark of Mantegna was his ability to create depth on a two dimensional surface. He achieved this by way of perspective and foreshortening. Mantegna's mastery of these techniques directly affected the work of Bramante, Michelangelo, and Raphael.

Camera Degli Sposi. 1473. Fresco St. James on the way to his Execution The Lamentation over the Dead Christ
1455. Fresco 1500. Tempera on Canvas


Born in Italy, in 1431, Andrea Mantegna trained at the Padua School. There, he acquired an affinity for classical art forms and the antique. In his career, Mantegna was a painter and an engraver. At a relatively early time during his career, he began to receive many notable commissions because of his innovative ideas and modern style, as it pertains to art. As an artist, he worked in Padua, Venice, and eventually, Mantua. Looking at many Mantegna artworks, the viewer feels that he/she is looking up. Mantegna's most accomplished work is "The Bridal Suite."


Manca, Joseph. Andrea Mantegna and the Italian Renaissance. 2006.

Di Nicolo Salmazo, Alberta. Andrea Mantegna. 2004

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