Curated by: Sandrina Bandera e Howard Burns
On 12th December, a major exhibition dedicated to Andrea Mantegna (b. Isola di Carturo 1431 – d. Mantua 1506) opens in Turin, in Palazzo Madama’s monumental rooms. Mantegna was one of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance. In his paintings, he successfully matched his passion for classical antiquity with bold perspective experiments and outstanding realism in his portrayal of the human figure. Works of art of a unique artistic season – the Renaissance in the Po Valley, first in Padua and then in Mantua –, which relived ancient art and built modern art, are brought together around Mantegna’s works.
The exhibition covers the artistic career of this great painter, from his prodigious early years to his well-established role as a court artist with the Gonzagas. It is divided into six sections highlighting some specific moments in his career, as well as some significant aspects of his interests and artistic personality. At the same time, some less investigated issues – i.e. the relationship between Mantegna, architecture and scholars – will also be presented.
Visitors are thus provided with a comprehensive overview of Mantegna’s works and personality. Mantegna had quite uniquely trained himself by thoroughly and directly studying Donatello's works in Padua, becoming familiar with the works by Jacopo Bellini and his sons – in particular brilliant Giovanni – as well as with innovative Florentine and Flemish painting, and finally by studying ancient sculpture.