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Andrea Mantegna and the Italian Renaissance (Temporis Collection) Kindle Edition
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Mantegna; humanist, geometrist, archaeologist, of great scholastic and imaginative intelligence, dominated the whole of northern Italy by virtue of his imperious personality. Aiming at optical illusion, he mastered perspective. He trained in painting at the Padua School where Donatello and Paolo Uccello had previously attended. Even at a young age commissions for Andrea’s work flooded in, for example the frescos of the Ovetari Chapel of Padua. In a short space of time Mantegna found his niche as a modernist due to his highly original ideas and the use of perspective in his works. His marriage with Nicolosia Bellini, the sister of Giovanni, paved the way for his entree into Venice. Mantegna reached an artistic maturity with his Pala San Zeno. He remained in Mantova and became the artist for one of the most prestigious courts in Italy – the Court of Gonzaga. Classical art was born. Despite his links with Bellini and Leonardo da Vinci, Mantegna refused to adopt their innovative use of colour or leave behind his own technique of engraving.
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David E. Thomas
21 April 2007 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
Mantegna was a great artist. He deserves a book far better than this one.
Great book with clarity in his writing and arguments
25 October 2011 - Published on Amazon.com
6 people found this helpful.
This book presents a very clear and informative survey on Andrea Mantegna's life, achievements, and artistic styles. Professor Joseph Manca has a very charming writing style that is very easy to understand, economical, succinct, and yet very informative and memorable. He inspires me to become a clearer writer and better researcher. The book covers important aspects of Mantegna's personal styles as well as the artistic and courtly culture of 15th century Italy. Prof. Manca clearly emphasizes the importance of looking at pictures when studying art history; this book has many high quality pictures. Many art historians today often forgot that the discipline of art history is based on looking at art works, so it is very nice to see someone emphasizing this aspect. Highly recommended for reader of all levels.
Text good, pictures poor
15 April 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
This refers to the Kindle edition. If you are looking for gorgeous reproductions of Mantegna's art, look elsewhere. The pictures here are tiny and the resolution is poor. Kindle books cannot handle pictures. Text is well written, but the rendering into electronic format isn't great: there are run together words on every page. Save your money for a real printed book.
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