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Andrea Mantegna - Biography, Work in Mantua, Engravings, Assessment and legacy, Major works, Reading


Painter, born in Vicenza, NE Italy. He was apprenticed to the tailor-painter Francesco Squarcione in Padua, and seems to have been adopted by him. In 1459 he was persuaded by Ludovico Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, to work for him. His most important works were nine tempera pictures of ‘The Triumph of Caesar’ (1482–92), which were acquired by Charles I and are now at Hampton Court, and his decoration of the ceiling of the Camera degli Sposi in Mantua.

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