Andrea Mantegna was born in Isola Caturo, Italy in 1431. He spent all of his life in Italy. Although, he spent most of his time painting for the Gonzaga family in Mantua, Italy during the 1450's.
Andrea was the leading artist at the school of Padua. He was the most important northern Italian painter in his generation so he spent most of his time working on his artwork and going to school. He married and adopted one kid, so he also had a family to support. In his lifetime he painted for a few different people and studied in many different places in Italy.
He created all paintings and drawings. A few of his most popular works of art are, Lamentation of Christ, Camera Degli Sposi, Triumphs of Caeser, and The Presentation at the Temple.
The Holy Family with Saint Mary Magdalen (1496-1506)
Andrea had a few patrons during his life. Some of them included, His wife Nicolasia Bellini, the Conzaga family in which he painted for, and Francesco Squarcione one of his art teachers.
You can find this piece at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This painting is very textured and showed lots of expression on the people’s faces in the painting. There is also a nude baby in the picture which is new to the painting industry. They weren’t used to seeing humans portrayed like that, only God himself.
I find this piece interesting because you don’t exactly know what the people are thinking, or why their faces are so sullen. It is up to you to decipher it and create your own scenario in your mind.
I would say the most ideal “ism” would be humanism. I say this because it portrays a relationship between Saint Mary Magdalen and the baby. It also emphasizes the expressions on the figures faces. It also expresses classicism as it shows history and religion. Lastly, it includes naturalism because of the realistic textures displayed in the painting. It also uses a natural appearance of the people shown.