Mantegna and Bellini
Event 2
Saturday 6th October, 4:00pm 
Little Missenden Village Hall

Renaissance artists of Mantua and Venice

This is an archived event from the 2018 Programme.


 An llustrated lecture by Caroline Campbell

Andrea Mantegna The Agony in the Garden (about 1458-60) ©The National Gallery


This autumn’s major exhibition at the National Gallery explores the relationship between two of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance, Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini. Benefitting from major loans of paintings, drawings and sculpture, Mantegna and Bellini compares the work of two pre-eminent artists who also happened to be related by marriage.

In 1460, Mantegna moved to Mantua where he occupied the post of court painter to the ruling Gonzaga family until his death in 1506. Bellini, who died 10 years later, spent his entire career in Republican Venice. Despite the distance between them, their work provides evidence of their continuing creative artistic exchange for the rest of their long lives.


Giovanni Bellini The Agony in the Garden (about 1458-60) ©The National Gallery


Dr Caroline Campbell is The Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department and Curator of Italian Paintings before 1500 at the National Gallery, London. Earlier in her career, Caroline held curatorial positions at the Courtauld Gallery, the National Gallery and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

She has curated and co-curated many exhibitions, including Bellini and the East (2005-6); Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence (2009); Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting (2014); and Duccio/Caro: In Dialogue (2015).


Mantegna and Bellini l 1st October 2018 to 27th January 2019 l The National Gallery

For more information about the exhibition and to book tickets click here