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Notes from the Italian Art Society, promoting the study of the architecture and visual arts of Italy, from prehistory to the present day.

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

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