Two Re­nais­sance mas­ters come to NG

Na­tional Gallery, Lon­don Show­ing from: 1 Oc­to­ber 2018 - 27 Jan­uary 2019

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ART ROUNDUP -

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

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