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Review of lecture on 28th February 2019
Thursday 07 March 2019

Passion and Rivalry – Mantegna and Bellini, Renaissance Titans

At The Arts Society Wokingham’s lecture at Newbold on Thursday last Paula Nuttall skilfully introduced us to these two most celebrated of painters from Renaissance Italy and some of their greatest works; brothers-in-law with a passion for their craft, were they also rivals? For those who visited the recent National Gallery exhibition it was a reintroduction, for those who had not it was a revelation to compare the works of these two titans for the first time. Coming from different backgrounds, Mantegna a self-made made from Padua, and Bellini the progeny of a successful artistic Venetian family, we saw evidence of a close artistic relationship, a mutual exchange of ideas and themes.

From his early works Mantegna gives the viewer a virtuosity of perspective with foreshortening and recessed architecture, sculptural detail heralds a life-long commitment to classical antiquity and brilliant compositional innovation, with increasingly sophisticated special effects. He is in the vanguard of the changes taking place in Italian art. Bellini seems to look to Mantegna in his early years, but without some of the ‘outline’ present in Mantegna’s work he starts to exhibit a ‘lightness’ in his own work which is atmospheric and almost ‘visionary’ exemplified by his Resurrection of Christ.

One of the great differences between the men was in the chosen media – Mantegna stayed with egg tempura throughout his career while Bellini moved on to oil paints predominantly.

To view some of the ground-breaking pieces from Mantegna’s Triumph of Caesar, with its glorious detail and precision and Bellini’s masterful Madonna del Prato dazzling in its colour and light was a treat, there was no room for comparison.

There were many examples of the glorious light and colour evoked in Bellini’s work and of the precision and crispness to be found in Mantegna’s, but how to choose? At the end of the day it must be a personal choice, but what works of art to use as visual tools.

Our next lecture, Captain Cook and the Art of Exploration by James Taylor, will be held on March 28th at Newbold College, St Marks Road, Binfield, RG42 4AN, commencing at 7.45pm. Do come and join us. Visitor Fee: £6.