Mantegna musée du louvre

The French collections, starting with that of the Louvre, already house a noteworthy ensemble of Mantegna's works which will be completed by some exceptional loans, from all over the world. The visitor will be able to follow the different stages of the artistic itinerary of this genius, born circa 1430-1431 in Isola de Carturo, a small village between Padua and Vicenza and already celebrated, when he was very young, as the greatest, not only by fellow-artists, but by princes and men of letters.

The visitor will discover a painter who, like his humanist friends, was passionately interested in Antiquity, enamoured of perspective but, at the same time, endowed with an authentic sensibility, a poetic vein and a startling talent of observation. In addition to this chronological account finishing with an evocation of his heritage, several themes will also retain our attention: his complicity with his brother-in-law the Venetian Giovanni Bellini, his activity in the fields of engraving and decorative arts by providing models, and the precocious and lasting dissemination of his inventions over the whole of Europe.