By: Emma Danes
The Life of Andrea
Died: Mantua, September 13, 1506
Mantegna lived most of his life in Italy, specifically in Pradua and Mantua painting for his patrons, the Gonzaga family.
Andrea's Education and Lifestyle
He married Nicolasia Bellini, the sister of two famous artists, Giovanni and Gentile.
Camera Picta (Camera delgi sposi)
About the Camera Picta
The Camera Picta is a beautiful, detailed and colorful fresco painted on the walls and ceiling in the bridal room of the Ducal Palace, the palace of Mantegna's patrons. There are many different scenes painted on different portions of the room capturing some of the important events of the Gonzaga family. Mantegna really shows the emotion and detail in the fresco. The ceiling panel, the one in the photo above, gives the room a finishing touch of light and peace coming from the illusion sky above.
The Camera Picta was made over the course of about 10 years, specifically 1465 through 1474. The painting is a fresco which is a hard technique to use and requires a skilled artist to use it well. The piece is so significant because Mantegna used illusionism in his painting which was a new style of art at that time. This particular painting tricks the viewer into thinking that you can see all the way through they ceiling even though you can't. This is why I find the piece so interesting, it is an illusion and a beautifully detailed one that is pleasing to the eye.
The Camera Picta Today
Biography in Context. Web. 2 Dec. 2015.
Camera picta (Camera degli sposi), Ceiling with Oculus. Andrea Mantegna. 1465-74. In ARTstor [database online]. [cited 3 December 2015]. SCALA_ARCHIVES_1039779913.