BELLINI / MANTEGNA (UK)
Masterpieces face-to-faceThe Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
Brigit Blass-Simmen, Neville Rowley, Giovanni Carlo Federico Villa
24 x 26
Paperback with flaps
Anno pubblicazione:2018Lingua:English editionISBN/EAN:9788836639557
Giovanni Bellini, ‘one of the great Italian poets’ in the words of Roberto Longhi, and Andrea Mantegna, he who ‘sculpted [the image] alive and real in his painting’ in the sonnet by Ulisse degli Aleotti, were two giants in the history of Western art – extremely distant in character, certainly, yet connected by deep family ties. Nicolosia – Jacopo Bellini’s daughter and thus half-sister to Giovanni – married Mantegna in 1453. This marriage engendered one of the most fascinating pictorial dialogues of the Quattrocento, as they both developed the motif of The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. A pair of works exhibited side-by-side for the very first time, half a millennium after they were painted. An extraordinary event narrated down to the last detail in this volume, through a riveting analysis of the paintings themselves and of the relationship between the two artists.
Venice, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, March - July 2018