Andrea Mantegna Camera Picta Analysis

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This piece of art was painted by Andrea Mantegna close to 1450. There are multiple elements and analysis to be made about this painting such as: visual elements, materials, techniques, how this piece was influential, and subjects of matter (people, objects, landscapes,etc.). It will all be divided into three analysis: Formal analysis, Technical Analysis, and Contextual Analysis.
There are many visual elements that the artist uses in this piece, but something to be acknowledged about this painting is that it is very well balanced, giving the viewer a nice sense of equilibrium. The first thing that catches the eye on the painting is the Virgin right in the center, with her child laying in front of her, accompanied by a querubim. He is also
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As we can see of how he did with the sky, the space it occupies is relatively small compared to the rest of the painting but the sense of depth it has makes it catch the eye of the viewer and compose for a more open looking painting.
Something very important about a painting is its context. This painting was made shortly after 1450 by Andrea Mantegna, who was the first fully Renaissance artist of north Italy. Some of is best preserved work is the Camera Picta (“Painted Room”) (1474), preserved in the Palazzo Ducale; this piece of work is comparable to his painting being analyzed in this essay by the way it is made, it appears that both of this pieces are made with oil paint but in the Camera Picta he has developed a sense of total environment, in which the viewer seems to immerse into the painting while appreciating it.
This painting was clearly influenced by the birth of the baby Jesus and it is very close to the narrations of the Bible in the sense of who is present in the piece. There are certain details in the painting that make the appreciator imagine the events related in the Bible, with a touch of the artist’s unique skills to make the painting feel like a complete environment and a sense of everyday life in the
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