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

The Adoration of the Shepherds, ca. 1450

Tempera on canvas, transferred from wood
15 3/4 × 21 7/8 in
40 × 55.6 cm
About the work
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York

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

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Painting
Image rights
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1932), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal
Andrea Mantegna
Italian, 1431–1506
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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.

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

shortly after 1450; painted surface 14 7/8 x 21 in. (37.8 x 53.3 cm)
http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/436966

Medium
Painting
Image rights
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1932), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal
Andrea Mantegna
Italian, 1431–1506
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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.

Andrea Mantegna

The Adoration of the Shepherds, ca. 1450

Tempera on canvas, transferred from wood
15 3/4 × 21 7/8 in
40 × 55.6 cm
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