V CENTENARY OF THE DEATH OF ANDREA MANTEGNA Series

V CENTENARY OF THE DEATH OF ANDREA MANTEGNA Series  

Andrea Mantegna was born on the Island of Carturo (near Padua) some time between the end of 1430 and the beginning of 1431. When he was ten years old he moved to Padua where he joined the workshop of Francesco Squarcione. At that time, artists such as Paolo Uccello, Filippo Lippi and Donatello worked there, creating a rich and stimulating cultural panorama for a young artist like Mantegna. In 1457 he received the commission for the San Zeno Polyptych located in the saint's church in Verona, marking one of his best works and one which is depicted on this special postal stamp issue. The main scene is depicted inside a classic quadriportico. The lower paintings in the predella show Scenes of the Passion which are today kept at the Louvre, while The Crucifixion at the Museum of Tours. The three stamps depict the Madonna and Child, Saints Gregory and John the Baptist, and Saints Peter and Paul. In 1460 Mantegna was invited to Mantua by Ludovico Gonzaga where he became a court artist. Here he worked on the renowned The Wedding Chamber at the Palazzo Ducale. Among the other famous works of the artist are The Dead Christ, Saint Sebastian, Ecce Homo and The Death of the Virgin. Andrea Mantegna died on 13 September 1506.