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The training at the workshop of Francesco Squarcione in Padua between 1442 and 1448 was an important base on which Andrea Mantegna built his remarkable classic style.
While maintaining the artisanal settings needed to learn this trade, Squarcione offered his pupils a training that was oriented to the research of a more avant-garde view of the classic world. Andrea and other young artists could actually study from old models, moulds in chalk, medals and old inscriptions that were carefully gathered by their master.
It is on this base that cultural components that reached high levels of artistic and intellectual results will develop, mainly through Mantegna’s creations.
Mantegna’s art is actually characterized by a full assimilation of the classic world, where the shapes were seen in their deepest meaning. Following his young years of apprenticeship, he became friends with humanists and scholars like Felice Feliciano and Giovanni Marcanova, who had a great influence on him. As a consequence, Andrea’s training was a very rich experience, and his own artistic personality matched perfectly the new vision of the renaissance artist, not anymore seen as a simple artisan, but also as an intellectual. Such connection reflects one of the most famous quotes by Leon Battista Alberti, in De Pictura (1435):

«Pertanto consiglio ciascun pittore molto si faccia familiare ad i poeti, retorici ed altri simili dotti di lettere già che costoro doneranno nuove inveznzioni o certo aiuteranno a bello componere sua storia per quali certo acquisteranno in sua pittura molte lode e nome».

In short, it says that Leon Battista Alberti advised artists to enjoy the company of intellectuals as poets and writers because they could bring new ideas to painters and could help to carry out praiseworthy creations.

A. Cocchi

Trad.: A. Sturmer

 

 


 

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Claudia Cleri Via Mantegna. Art eDossier n.55. Giunti, Firenze. 1991
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Tags:Alessandra Cocchi, A. Sturmer, Mantegna, Squarcione, workshop, painting, classicism, training, Alberti, .

Stile:Quattrocento.

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Francesco Squarcione. Lazara Polyptych. 1449-1452. Padua, Museo Civico.



 

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