Andrea Mantegna, ‘The Adoration of the Shepherds’, ca. 1450, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

shortly after 1450; painted surface 14 7/8 x 21 in. (37.8 x 53.3 cm)

Image rights: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1932), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal

About Andrea Mantegna

One of the pre-eminent figures of the Italian Renaissance, Andrea Mantegna’s enduring admiration for the art and culture of antiquity is evident in his emphasis on accurate proportion when depicting the figure. Mantegna’s oeuvre is further characterized by his unusual compositional choices, often incorporating perspective and foreshortening to an exaggerated degree. Mantegna was influenced by fellow Italian artists Filippo Lippi, Paolo Uccello, and, most significantly, Donatello, who worked in Padua for a period, which allowed Mantegna to see the master sculptor’s work in person.

Italian, 1431-1506, Padua, Italy, based in Mantua, Italy