Biography, art and paintings by Andrea Mantegna

  • Year of birth: 1431
  • Date of death: September 13, 1506
  • A country: Italy


Andrea Mantegna - one of the key Italian artists of the early Renaissance. It is this artist, according to many art critics, who connected with his work the Florentine (early) Renaissance and later Italian Renaissance.
Andrea Mantegna was born, presumably in 1431 in Mantua (north of Italy). This date, scientists have calculated on one of his paintings, written in 1448, in the signature to which Mantegna says that he is 17 years old here. Most of the artist's life was held in Padua, a city that became the artist's creative workshop. Even in the years when Mantegna lived and worked in Mantua, he signed all his paintings as works of a Paduanese master, since it was precisely this city that the painter considered his birthplace.
According to the documents found, at the age of ten, Andrea was noticed by local artist and antiquary Francesco Scvarchon. He took the young painter into his care, and also identified him in the art workshop, where he developed the boy's abilities in painting.
In the incomplete 17 years, Mantegna receives an order for painting the main altar in the church of Hagia Sophia in Padua. If you look at these frescoes, you can surely say that the painting was made by an experienced artist, and not a budding painter. Next, Andrea Mantegna receives an order for registration of the chapel of St.. Christopher (Padua).
In 1454, Andrea married Nikoloz Bellini. Thus, two families of painters were related: the father of Nikoloza, Jacopo, was a famous painter in Venice, and her two brothers, Giovanni and Gentile, glorified Italy in the 15th century as outstanding artists.
Already received fame, in 1460, Mantegna moved to Mantua and settled at the court of Marquis Gonzaga, becoming his court painter. In the next 8 years, the painter travels around Italy and in 1488 in Rome receives an offer from Pope Innocent VIII about painting his choir. The work was carried out for almost three years, after which Mantegna received his knighthood and returned to the estate of Gonzaga, where he remained until the end of his life. Mantegna died in 1506.
One of the most important works of Mantegna is the painting of the Ovetari chapel in the Eremitani church in Padua. Unfortunately, the church was destroyed during the Second World War. However, some sketches of frescoes have been preserved. The work was carried out for 6 years by several painters, but the style of Mantegna, according to many art critics, was leading.

Paintings by Andrea Mantegna

saint George
Adoration of the Shepherds
Saint Sebastian
Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Dead Christ
Prayer bowl
Madonna and Child
Camera of the Spozi

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