Mantegna and Bellini Caroline Campbell, Dagmar Korbacher, Neville Rowley, Sarah Vowles, Andrea De Marchi, Jill Dunkerton, Babette Hartwieg, Katharina Weick-Jock

Publication date:
30 Oct 2018
National Gallery London
304 pages: 292 x 241mm
275 color + b-w illus.
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An innovative study of the relationship between Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini, two masters of the Italian Renaissance 

Andrea Mantegna (c. 1431–1506) and Giovanni Bellini (active c. 1459; died 1516) each produced groundbreaking paintings, marked by pictorial and technical innovations, that are among the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. Exploring the fruitful dynamic between Mantegna’s inventive compositional approach and interest in classical antiquity and Bellini’s passion for landscape painting, this fascinating volume examines how these two artists, who were also brothers-in-law, influenced and responded to each other’s work.
Full of new insights and captivating juxtapositions—including comparisons of each of the artist’s depictions of the Agony in the Garden and the Presentation to the Temple—this study reveals that neither Mantegna’s nor Bellini’s achievements can be fully understood in isolation and that their continuous creative exchanges shaped the work of both.

Caroline Campbell is Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department at the National Gallery, London. Dagmar Korbacher is curator of Italian and French drawings and prints at the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin. Neville Rowley is curator of early Italian paintings and sculpture at the Gemäldegalerie and Bode Museum, Berlin. Sarah Vowles is Hamish Swanston Curator of Italian and French Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, London.

“The book published to accompany the exhibition Mantegna and Bellini at London’s National Gallery, is not a catalogue in any traditional sense. It contains no discussion of the works on view in their order of display; and, apart from a listing of pictures and lenders, it pays little attention to the show or its purposes. Instead, we are treated to 20 essays that represent the latest scholarship on these two artists. The first five deal with general issues, but even the more specific essays that follow – such as the discussion of the portraits – are thorough investigations that bring new perspectives to long-studied themes. All this is contained in this sumptuous book, with over 250 good-sized illustrations.”—Theodore K. Rabb, The Art Newspaper