Andrea Mantegna


Mantengna's Mini Biography

Andrea Mantegna was born in Isola Carturo Italy in 1431. He was a magnificent painter and engraver during the Renaissance. His adopted Father Francesco Squarcione taught him how to paint at a young age. As a result, at age seventeen he was enrolled on the painters' roll for Padua. Mantegna spent most of his life traveling around northern Italy. He ventured to Rome when Innocent the VIII called him forth to paint the chapel along with the other greats at the time, Giovanni d'Alemagna, Antonio Vivarini, and Niccolo Pizzolo in 1448. Later on he was made the court painter for Lodovico Gonzaga and moved to Mantua in 1459. Andrea Mantegna died in the year of 1506 in Mantua Italy, having spent most of his life in Padua but his final years in Mantua. Having inventing the method of foreshortening, and gifting the world with his many works of art such as, Assumption, Dead Christ, and Martydroms of Saint James and Christopher, he has successfully left his fingerprint on the world of art.

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Humanism is displayed through out his masterpieces because his art shows emotion and relationship through out the people in his works.

Perspectivism is shown because vanish point and three dimensional aspects are added into his paintings and engravings.

Classicism is revealed in his art work through symmetry and mathematical ratios in columns and arches, attention to form and detail in the background or on the peoples's clothes. His artworks are also sometimes influenced by the past when they are religious.

The Virgin of Victory / Madonna of Victory

Painted in 1496
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The 411 on this Master Piece

About: The painting displayed above, The Virgin of Victory, shows the Virgin Mary sitting on a throne holding the infant Jesus Christ. There are a couple people bowing down to worship him, some are seated on the bottom on the throne. There are decorations of red and green surrounding the room and dome where Mary and the baby Jesus are sitting. The decorations are most likely Christmas decorations because red, green, and gold are colors related with christmas, and there is a gold cross in the background. Angels and knight like figures surround Marry and the child, giving the painting a religious glow.

Spotted: If you happen to find yourself in Paris, make sure you visit the Musee du Louvre in Paris, France. In this spectacular museum, you will find the works of Andrea Mantegna in the form of The Virgin of Victory. You can also see this lovely painting online on Britanica and Artsor.

Importance: This piece is significant because the man bowing down to Mary is Francesco Gonzaga, Mantegna was his protege at the time. This was supposed to show how Gonzaga was paying home page to Mary, asking for forgiveness of his sins.

My Opinion (The only opinion)

This painting it simply breath taking. The attention to small details, such as the birds in the windows, is fascinating because it must have taken months to complete. The painting reminds me of Christmas and sends of a joyful glow. I really like how this painting has most of the people in clothes too, some of the other options were very scandalous. Christmas is a very special and memorable time of the year for me so this painting reflects my feelings for christmas well with both the religious end and fantasizing end with the decorations and gold.

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Classicism is displayed continuously through out this painting. The symmetry and mathematical ratios displayed with the dome and columns. The paining appears to be influenced by the bible, because the Virgin Mary and infant Jesus Christ are shown. The detail to architecture in this painting in phenomenal, the detail in the columns and chair to tiny details are simply breath taking.


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Mantegna, A. (1496) The Virgin of Victory (Accessed: 1 December 2015).

Mantegna, A. (1496) The virgin of victory (the Madonna and child Enthroned with Six saints and adored by Gian Francesco II Gonzaga) - Andrea Mantegna. .

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