SAN SEBASTIAN BY ANDREA MANTEGNA

Audio File length: 2.12
Author: STEFANO ZUFFI E DAVIDE TORTORELLA
English / USA Language: English / USA

San Sebastian by Andrea Mantegna is the work of art that is the museum's symbol. Baron Franchetti especially loved this refined work that is crossed by a painful and melancholy vein. To display it as it deserved, he had a marble and gilded wood recess made specifically for it; all the subsequent productions of the Gallery followed this setup. Mantegna depicts the saint pierced by many thin arrows; if you closely observe his body, you'll notice how Renaissance painting progressed towards an almost scientific conquest of human anatomy.

 

FUN FACT: if you look carefully at the bottom right of Andrea Mantegna's work, you can read a Latin inscription that reminds us that the artist painted it at an old age. The inscription says: "Nothing is permanent except God: the rest is smoke".

 

 

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