Italian painter and printmaker Andrea Mantegna died on this day in 1506 in Mantua, where he had served the Gonzaga dukes as court artist for almost half a century. Mantegna, one of the leading artists of the later Quattrocento, is known for his deep interest in classical antiquity and daring experiments with foreshortening and perspective.
Reference: Gabriele Finaldi. “Mantegna, Andrea.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T053902>.
Further reading: The Genius of Andrea Mantegna by Keith Christiansen (2010)
Dead Christ, tempera on canvas, c. 1500, Milan, Pinacoteca di Brera. Photo credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY
Ceiling oculus; Duke Gonzaga at Court, 1465–74, fresco, Camera Picta, Palazzo Ducale, Mantua. Photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY
St. Luke Altarpiece, 1453, Milan, Pinacoteca di Brera.
Virgin and Child with Saints, tempera on panel, 1456–9, Verona, S Zeno; photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY
Battle of the Sea Gods, 1470s, engraving and drypoint. Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth