vast collections of paintings, drawings and sculptures side by side, the
exhibition promises to unfold a web of similarities. The focus will be on the ways that Bellini and
Mantegna use perspective, their commitment to classicist themes, and
their shared interest in architecture.
At the core of
the exhibition sits two prestigious pairings: each painter completed a version of Christ’s
Presentation at the Temple and the Agony in the Garden, both of which have been
twinned on the walls of the National Gallery since the late 19th
Century. Only considered in such proximity can the resemblance as well as nuances
between their compositions be appreciated with clarity.
In 1460 Mantegna
moved 80 miles inland of Padua to Mantua, where he remained until his death.
Despite the distance, a continuing artistic exchange prevailed and techniques,
themes, and motifs continued to crisscross between the two painters.
Indeed Mantegna and Bellini is its own
collaboration, between the National Gallery and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin,
as well as a celebration of the transfer of ideas and inspiration.
|What||Mantegna and Bellini at the National Gallery|
|Where||National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
01 Oct 18 – 27 Jan 19, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
|Website||Click here for more information|