Mantegna and Bellini at the National Gallery

Posted: 25/01/19

Upper Sixth A Level Art History students visited ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ at the National Gallery to focus on the paintings of Giovanni Bellini, the specified artist on their Venetian Renaissance topic.

Looking at his work in relation to that of his brother-in-law, Mantegna - trained in Padua - allowed for a series of discussions. On style: disegno versus colore; on material: the paragone on the relative merits of painting versus sculpture; and on ekphrasis: painting competing with a poetic description in the ‘Feast of the Gods’ on loan from Washington.

The inclusion of some recently restored works, and some never shown in London before, alongside their favourite ‘Doge Leonardo Loredan’  added to everyone’s visual and intellectual pleasure.

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