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St. George - Andrea Mantegna. 66x32
Andrea Mantegna (1430 / 1431-1506) was a member of the family of Venetian painters of Bellini, was married to Nicolosia, daughter of Jacopo (whose sketch made an elegant drawing of the hero of the presented work) and sister Gentile and Giovanni. In fame and skill, the artist is completely on par with his famous relatives. Moreover, it is he who is called among those who decisively influenced the Venetian painting of the late 15th century.
Mantegna was born in Isola di Carturo on Terraferme, in the Veneto region. Fascinated by the explorations of the humanists who were visiting his stepfather in the antique shop in Padua, he was proud of the glorious past of his land. The artist was not even thirty years old when he created a masterpiece - an altar in the church of San Zeno in Verona, widely glorifying his name. The master successfully worked in Padua, was a court painter of the Mantuan rulers of Gonzag. Contemporaries admired his technical excellence, "magnificent design", and especially the ability to convey complex angles using the laws of geometric perspective.
The effect of a simple composition with St. George is built on the contrast of the background, lasting due to the bend of the road, and the courageous figure of a young warrior in armor, literally protruding from the frame to the viewer and towering above the defeated monster.
There is an assumption that "Saint George" represents one of the cusps of the now lost polyptych.