Andrea Mantegna By Riley Chou

About Andrea Mantegna:

  • Mantegna was born in Isola di Carturo, Republic of Venice which is close to the modern day Italy. He was born in 1431.
  • Mantegna spent the majority of his life in the City of Pedua (from age 10 to around age 30).
  • At his art school, Mantegna was known as Francesco Squarcione's favorite pupil. He was also Squarcione's apprentice. He was a student of Roman archaeology.
  • Mantegna spent most of his life painting like most artists. He made a lot of paintings.
  • Andrea created paintings. Some examples are Parnassus, the Triumph of Caesar, and Lamentation of Christ.
  • Mantegna used secularism and illusionism in his paintings.
  • One of Mantegna's patrons was Ludovico, who was also one of Leonardo da Vinci's patrons.

The Works:

Parnassus, Andrea Mantegna
  • This painting is called Parnassus.
  • This piece was created in 1497.
  • Today, this piece is on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
  • This piece is significant because it treated the theme of the Victory of Virtues over Vices.
  • The Parnassus is a painting of people dancing and celebrating.
  • I found this painting interesting because of the people's wardrobes. They are a lot different than the modern day clothing that people wear today.
  • Mantegna uses secularism because he includes nothing that connects to or resembles religion. All that is present in the painting is people celebrating together with no religious ideas.
  • In some of Mantegna's other paintings, he also uses illusionism on the side walls of buildings.

Works Cited

"Andrea Mantegna." International Dictionary of Art and Artists, Gale, 1990. Gale Biography In


Mantegna, Andrea. Parnassus. 1497, oil on canvas, Louvre Musuem, Paris.

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