Andrea Mantegna

Andrea Mantegna (c. 1431 – September 13, 1506) was an Italian Renaissance artist. A serious student of Roman archaeology and son in law of Jacopo Bellini.

Detail from the East Wall of the Camera degli Sposi in Mantua, 1474.

a larger detail of the frescoes in the Camera degli Sposi in the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua, 1474

Work in Mantua

The Marquis Ludovico II Gonzaga of Mantua had for some time been pressing Mantegna to enter his service; and the following year, 1460 Mantegna was appointed court artist. He resided at first from time to time at Goito, but, from December 1466 onwards, he moved with his family to Mantua. His engagement was for a salary of 75 lire a month, a sum so large for that period as to mark conspicuously the high regard in which his art was held. He was in fact the first painter of any eminence ever domiciled in Mantua.

His Mantuan masterpieces were painted in the apartment of the Castle of the city, today known as Camera degli Sposi (literally, “Wedding Chamber”): a series of full compositions in fresco including various portraits of the Gonzaga family and some figures of genii. (Source: Wikipedia)

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