Andrea Mantegna Lauren Lepage

'Saint Sebastian'

Andrea Mantegna

The exact birth date of Andrea Mantegna is unknown but it is believed to be somewhere around 1431 in Isola Carturo, Italy. While Mantegna made most of his paintings, he lived in Padua, Italy. When he was around the age of thirty, Andrea Mantegna moved to Mantua, Italy where he spent the rest of his life until he passed on September 13, 1506.

Training and Education

Andrea Mantegna was adopted by Francesco Squarcione around the age of ten. Mantegna's art was recognized from a young age which caused Squarcione to take him in. Francesco Squarcione was a teacher of the arts and he specialized in painting. He was an apprentice to the young artist and he treated him like he was his own son, as so people thought. In 1448, Mantegna wanted to open his own workshop so he was emancipated from the adoption. Andrea Mantegna claimed that his "father" made lots of money from his artwork but he was never repaid. At the age of 17, he was on his own to do whatever he shall please.

'Triumphs of Caesar'


Andrea Mantegna was interested as a young child and adult about history of the classical period, religion and literature. Mantegna like to these interests as inspirations for his paintings. 'Triumphs of Caesar' was based on the rule of Caesar, the first emperor of Rome.

'Death of a Virgin'


Andrea Mantegna was known for his paintings using the fresco technique and engravings. TheĀ Assumption, Martyrdoms of Saints James and Christopher and Triumphs of Caesar were some of his more popular works. During World War II, unfortunately a bomb struck The Assumption and Martyrdoms of Saints James and Christopher ruining the frescoes completely.


Andrea Mantegna had a handful of patrons as an artist. His first was Ludovico Gonzaga. Gonzaga limited his travel but Mantegna went against his wishes, meeting famous artists like Donatello and Fra Filippo Lippi. Giovan Francesco II Gonzaga, Mantegna's next patron, pushed him to explore Classicism. Pope Innocent VIII also commissioned the artist.

'Camera degli Sposi'

Camera degli Sposi

The Camera degli Sposi was painted by Andrea Mantegna from 1465 to 1474. The painting can be found in The Ducal Palace in Mantua, Italy. The painting is on the Ceiling of Oculus.


The Camera degli Sposi is important to the Renaissance because of it's new painting technique created with Andrea Mantegna's pieces of artwork. Fresco was new and original, created by Mantegna, and included a watery base to the painting. Newly laid plaster, which was damp, and paint with added water blended the colors in the painting and created a smoother transition. This changed the way that artists paint from the 15th century to the present.

Why The Painting Is Interesting To Me

I find it interesting how advanced the art was at such an early time period in history. The intricate work of attention to detail and color are all in unison and they seem like they intertwine very well.

Illusionism and Classicism

Illusionism is portrayed in this painting. The art is deceptive and it plays with the eye of the viewer. It makes the private ceiling of a room seem like a grand public place. Texture and light are also used to set a realistic mood to the painting.

Classicism is portrayed in this painting. The art contains architecture and other elements that are inspired from the Classical Period. The dome shape of the ceiling is commonly seen in Roman architecture. The painting is elegant and symmetrical to each side. Each object is proportionate to the next with tiny, intricate details. Camera degli Sposi tells a story from history as an art form.

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