Thursday, January 3, 2019

How Mantegna and Bellini reshaped the Renaissance

By Paul Hills
The Dead Christ Supported by Two Angels (detail; c. 1485–1500), Andrea Mantegna. Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
Few displays of Italian art in recent years have been as absorbing and beautiful as this unprecedented selection of paintings, drawings and prints, devoted to the brothers-in-law Andrea Mantegna (c. 1431–1506) and Giovanni Bellini (c. 1435–1516). The quality of loans in the exhibition, organised by the National Gallery in partnership with the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, is outstanding (the exhibition travels to Berlin from 1 March–30 June 2019). With the exception of a panel of St Jerome from Saõ Paulo, given to the young Mantegna, and the Portrait of a Humanist, attributed to Bellini, there are almost no questionable attributions among the paintings. [More]
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