At the National Gallery, a Dialogue between Mantegna and Bellini

At the National Gallery, a Dialogue between Mantegna and Bellini
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One of them represents the typical intellectual artist of the Renaissance, goes crazy for ancient art and seems to almost sculpt with his brush; the other is full of love for light and nature, like no one before him, using the landscape to express emotions. Brother-in-laws, colleagues, friends and rivals, Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini are the protagonists of a stunning exhibition that allows us to see the reciprocal influences they had on each other, but also to comprehend the legacy they had on other great Italian masters, such as Tiziano and Correggio. To illustrate the dialogue between the two, the National Gallery has gathered paintings, drawings and sculptures in London from the greatest museums in the world - from the Uffizi to the Prado, from the Louvre to the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna and the National Gallery in Washington. To see all these masterpieces of Bellini and Mantegna together is “an occasion that occurs just once in a lifetime” points out curator Caroline Campbell - in fact, these are extremely delicate works that rarely travel anywhere. The narrative of the exhibition focuses in on the Venice of the 1400s, where, for several years, the two artists worked together in the large workshop of the Bellini family. There is a continuous comparison between works which share themes and, at times, the same layout - affinities and shared currents are highlighted, but also the technical peculiarities and sensitivities that differed between these two key figures of the Italian Renaissance.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London