Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Andrea Mantenya
- Posted by Andrea Mantenya
- Museum: Prado Museum
- Year: Around 1462
Overview of the painting :
Assumption of the Virgin Mary – Andrea Mantenya. Around 1462. Wood, tempera. 42×54
The representative of the Paduan school of painting, Mamtenya (about 1431-1506) wrote in a tough and harsh manner, atypical for the classics of the Italian Renaissance.
Virgin Mary rests on a bed covered with bright red velvet, against the backdrop of a peaceful landscape opening outside a high window in the wall. The apostles smoke incense and sing funeral chants. There are only eleven of them, since there is no St. Thomas, one of the apocrypha who did not have time for burial. The iconographic canon is only formally observed. Nimbus – symbols of the radiance of holiness – are depicted by discs attached to the heads, which, when moving bodies, rotate. This plastic solution in the image of almost frozen figures of the apostles and a concise perspective are proof of the artist’s careful study of the laws of geometry.