St. George, Andrea Mantenya

St. George, Andrea Mantenya
St. George, Andrea Mantenya - 1

  • Posted by Andrea Mantenya
  • Museum: Academy Gallery
  • Year: Around 1446

Overview of the painting :

St. George – Andrea Mantenya. Around 1446. Wood, tempera. 66×32

   Andrea Mantenya (1430 / 1431-1506) was part of the family of Venetian painters Bellini, was married to Nicolosia, daughter of Jacopo (according to whose sketch the elegant drawing of the lat of the hero of the presented work was performed) and sister Gentile and Giovanni. In fame and skill, the artist quite equaled his famous relatives. Moreover, it is he who is called among those who decisively influenced the Venetian painting of the late 15th century.

   Mantenya was born in Isola di Carturo on Terraferm, in the Veneto area. Fascinated by the research of humanists who were taking the stepfather in Padua in an antique shop, he was proud of the glorious past of his land. The artist was not even thirty years old when he created a masterpiece – an altar in the church of San Zeno in Verona, who widely glorified his name. The master successfully worked in Padua, was a court painter of the Mantuan rulers of Gonzaga. Modernists admired his technical excellence, “great drawing”, and especially the ability to convey complex angles using the laws of a geometric perspective.

   The effect of a simple composition with St. George is based on a long-range contrast, which is heated by the bend of the road, and the courageous figure of a young warrior in armor, literally protruding from the frame to the viewer and towering above the defeated monster.

   There is an assumption that St. George represents one of the sash of the now-lost polyptych.