Two Renaissance masters come to NG
National Gallery, London Showing from: 1 October 2018 - 27 January 2019
In autumn 2018, the National Gallery will present a tale of two artists, their families and their cities; an interlinked story of art, family, rivalry, marriage, pragmatism, and personality – Mantegna and Bellini.
This exhibition is the first ever devoted to the relationship between two of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance: Giovanni Bellini (active about 1459–1516) and Andrea Mantegna (1430/1–1506). Through exceptionally rare loans of paintings, drawings and sculpture, travelling to London from across the world, Mantegna and Bellini offers a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity to compare the work of these two important artists who also happened to be brothers-inlaw – a family connection from which both drew strength and brilliance throughout their careers. Neither’s career or artistic development would have existed without the other, and without these works imbued with their creativity and innovation, Renaissance art, by the likes of Titian, Correggio and Veronese, would not exist as it does today.
Dr Caroline Campbell, Curator of Mantegna and Bellini, says: “Exhibitions focusing on 15th-century art are rare as the works involved are often fragile and so cannot travel very often – therefore Mantegna and Bellini really is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore the relationship and work of these two artists who played such a pivotal role in the history of art.”
Giovanni Bellini, with later additions by Dosso Dossi and Titian, The Feast of the Gods, 1514–29