The Assumption of the Virgin Mary by Andrea Mantegna

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary by Andrea Mantegna

The representative of the Padua school of painting, Mamtenya, wrote in a tough and sharp manner, atypical for the classics of the Italian Renaissance.

The Virgin Mary rests on a bed covered with bright red velvet, against the backdrop of a peaceful landscape that opens beyond a high window in the wall. Apostles smoke incense and sing funeral chants. There are only eleven of them, since there is no St. Thomas, in one of the apocrypha who did not have time for burial.

The iconographic canon is observed only formally. Nimbus – symbols of the shine of holiness – are depicted by disks attached to the heads, which rotate when the body moves. This plastic solution in the depiction of almost frozen figures of the apostles and a laconic perspective are proof of the artist’s careful study of the laws of geometry.

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