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Andrea Mantegna, The Death of the Virgin
Giovanni Bellini, The Descent of Christ into Limbo
Mantegna image © Photographic Archive Museo Nacional del Prado Bellini image © Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, UK / Bridgeman Images

Meet the Masters: Mantegna and Bellini Discover two artists and brothers-in-law who changed the course of Western European art in this new exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery. ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ tells a story of art, family, rivalry, and personality. Andrea Mantegna’s brilliant compositional innovation and Giovanni Bellini’s atmospheric, natural landscapes were groundbreaking – no one had seen anything like it before. Following their respective careers in Padua and Venice, and Mantegna’s fame as court painter to the powerful Gonzaga family in nearby Mantua, ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ is the first ever exhibition to explore the creative links between these artists. From the 1st of October 2018 to the 27th of January 2019 in the Sainsbury Wing. Advance booking recommended.

www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/mantegna-and-bellini

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