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Mantegna Verona

This post is dedicated to one of the artists that during the Republic of Venice made Verona a center of the Renaissance art.

Andrea Mantegna was a North Italian Renaissance painter, a student of Roman archeology, and son in law of Jacopo Bellini. Mantegna was similar to other Renaissance's artists and experimented a lot with perspective. His flinty, metallic landscapes and somewhat stony figures give evidence of a fundamentally sculptural approach to painting. 

He was born in Isola di Carturo, close to Padua during the domain of Republic of Venice in 1431. Since he was eleven his teacher was Francesco Squarcione, a paduan painter that really loved the ancient Rome style. At that time Padua was an attractive area for artists coming not only from Veneto but also from Tuscany, such as Paolo Uccello, Filippo Lippi and Donatello too, in fact, Mantegna's early career was shaped indeed by impressions of Florentine works.  
After this first imprint, when he was seventeen, Mantegna separated himself from Squarcione. He later claimed that Squarcione had profited from his work without paying the rights. The relationship with his teacher was probably complicated and maybe because of the hostility with Squarcione we know that Mantegna left his native Padua at an early age and he never came back.
He spent the rest of his life in Verona, Mantua and Rome. In Verona around 1459, he painted, a grand altarpiece for the church of San Zeno Maggiore, a Madonna and angels, with four saints on each side that is considered one of his masterpieces. Another painting of this artist in Verona is in the monastery of San Bernardino. He was one of the main artists of Renaissance in Verona during the Republic of Venice and you can also admire many of his paintings and works in Mantua, Padua, Milan, Rome and many international museums where his masterpieces are visible to everybody (From Louvre in Paris to Uffizi in Florence).
San Zeno alterpiece by Mantegna - recently restored

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