Discover Mantegna and Bellini at the National Gallery

8 October 2018, 17:41 | Updated: 24 April 2019, 15:17

Mantegna and Bellini
Giovanni Bellini, The Dead Christ supported by Two Angels (detail), about 1470–5 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldagalerie / Photo: Christoph Schmidt. Picture: The National Gallery

In a ground-breaking exhibition at the National Gallery discover the history of two artists and brothers-in-law and uncover a story of rivalry, art and family.

The son of a carpenter, Andrea Mantegna was a self-made man. In 1453 the hugely talented young painter from Padua married into the greatest artistic family of nearby Venice – the Bellini family.

Mantegna’s brilliant compositional innovation and Bellini’s atmospheric, natural landscapes were ground-breaking – no one had seen anything like it before.

Mantegna and Bellini
Giovanni Bellini, The Agony in the Garden, about 1458–60 © The National Gallery, London. Picture: The National Gallery

This exhibition follows their respective careers and takes you back to 15th-century Padua, Mantua, and Venice to explore the creative links between these two great artists.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see rare loans of paintings and drawings by two of the most influential artists of the Renaissance.

'Mantegna and Bellini' is at the National Gallery until 27 January 2019.

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