Andrea Mantegna

By Nolan Raike


Andrea Mantegna was born in 1431 in Isola di Carturo, Italy. Mantegna was adoptive father was Francesco Squarcione, a artist who saw talent in Mantegna and made Mantegna into his apprentice. Mantegna spend most of his life in padua, italy where he worked at the art school and was a member of the local painters guild. Throughout Mantegna's life he was commissioned by many patriots such as Francesco II Gonzaga, Lorenzo the Magnificent, Pope Innocent VIII, and The church in Padua. With the help of these patrons Mantegna would create his best works and some of his most memorable ones that are even loved by many today. Later in his life he married Niccolosa Bellini,the daughter of a Venetian painter jacopo bellini. The marriage brought together two artistic greats into one family. Andrea Mantegna passed on September 13, 1506 in Mantua, Italy. Mantegna represented many aspects of art through his use of perspective, gave his paintings depth as well as should a new perspective, classicism, through his use of roman ruins and architecture in his paintings, and secularism, should by his religious works of art for the pope and the church. But, Andrea Mantegna will always be best known for his many outstanding pieces of art work that impacts the viewer to this day.

Saint Sebastain

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Created in 1480, the painting "Saint Sebastian" by Andrea Mantegna, is a wonderful masterpiece that stands 255cm x 140 cm on canvas and is currently housed in a world renowned Parisian museum, Musée du Louvre. The piece features a three dimensional presence with a lower prospective giving the saint a larger than life profile compared to the men in the lower right hand corner of the art work. In the piece Mantegna depicts a saint killed and now preparing to ascend to heaven. The man shown has his head and eyes looking toward heaven, as he slowly dies from the wounds left by his religious prosecutors. The men in the bottom corner of the painting give the main character a larger than life persona as he leans, helpless, against the arch, which is left in ruins along with the city behind him. The artwork displaces an excellent use of perspective, by the three dimensional figures as well as the lower perspective, and classicism, shown by the arch that the saint leans against as well as the roman style city in the background. My personal fondness of the painting stems from seeing the painting first hand in Musée du Louvre, as well as it being one of my favorite pieces of artwork.

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