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MANTELL

there; the hostility of Squarcione has been assigned as the cause. The rest of his life was passed in Verona, Mantua and Romechiefly Mantua; Venice and Florence have also been named, but without confirmation.

It may have been in 1459 that he went to Verona; and he painted, though not on the spot, a grand altar-piece for the' church of S. Zeno, a Madonna and angels, with four saints on each side. The Marquis Lodovico Gonzaga of Mantua had for some time been pressing Mantegna to enter his service; and the following year, 1460, was perhaps the one in which he actually established himself at the Mantuan court, residing at first from time to time at Goito, but, from December 1466 onwards, with his family in Mantua itself. His engagement was for a salary of 75 lire (about £30) a month, a sum so large for that period as to mark conspicuously the high regard in which his art was held. V He was in fact the first painter of any eminence ever domiciled in Mantua. He built a stately house in the city, and adorned it with a multitude of paintings. The house remains, but the pictures have perished. Some of his early Mantuan works are in that apartment of the Castello which is termed the Camera degli Sposi-full compositions in fresco, including various portraits of the Gonzaga family, and some figures of genii, &c'. In 1488 he went to Rome at the request of Pope Innocent VIII., to paint the frescoes in the chapel of the Belvedere in the Vatican; the marquis of Mantua (F ederigo) created him a cavalier before his departure. This series of frescoes, including a noted “ Baptism of Christ, ” was ruthlessly destroyed by Pius VI. in laying out the Museo Pio-Clementino. The pope treated Mantegna with less liberality than he had been used to at the Mantuan court; but on the whole their connexion, which ceased in 1490; was not unsatisfactory to either party. Mantegna then returned to Mantua, and went on with a series of works-the nine tempera pictures, each of them 9 ft. square, of the “Triumph of Caesar ” —which he had probably begun before his leaving for Rome, and which are now in Hampton Court. These superbly invented and designed compositions, gorgeous with all splendour of subject-matter and accessory, and with the classical learning and enthusiasm of one of the master-spirits of the age, have always been accounted of the first rank among Mantegna's works. They were sold in 1628 along with the bulk of the Mantuan art treasures, and were not, as is commonly said, plundered in the sack of Mantua in 1630. They are now greatly damaged by patchy re paintings. Another work of Mantegna's later years was the so-called “ Madonna della Vittoria, ” now in the Louvre. It was painted in tempera about 1495, in commemoration of the battle of Fornovo, which Ginfrancesco

Gonzaga found it convenient to represent to his lieges as an Italian victory, though in fact it had been a French victory; the church which originally housed the picture was built from Mantegna's own design.. The Madonna is here depicted with various saints, the archangel Michael and St Maurice holding her mantle, which is extended over the kneeling Gianfrancesco Gonzaga, amid a profusion of rich festooning and other accessory. Though not in all respects of his highest order of execution, this counts among the most obviously beautiful and attractive of Mantegna'sworks-from which the qualities of beauty and attraction are often excluded, in the stringent pursuit of those other excellence's more germane to his severe genius, tense energy passing into haggard passion.

Vasari eulogizes Mantegna for his courteous, distinguished and praiseworthy deportment, although there are indications of his having been not'a little litigious in disposition. With his fellow-pupils at Padua he had been affectionate; and for two of them, Dario da Trevigi and Marco Zoppo, he retained a steady friendship. That he had a high opinion of himself was natural, for no artist of his epoch could produce more manifest vouchers of marked and progressive attainment. He became very expensive in his habits, fell at times into difficulties, and had to urge his valid claims upon the marquis's attention. After his return to Mantua from Rome his prosperity was at its height, until the death of his wife. He then formed some other connexion and became at an advanced age the father of a natural son, Giovanni Andrea; and at the last, although he continued launching out into various expenses and schemes, he had serious tribulations, such? as the banishment from Mantua of his son Francesco, who had incurred the marquis's displeasure. Perhaps the aged master and connoisseur regarded as barely less trying the hard necessity of parting with a beloved antique bust of Faustina. Very soon after this transaction he died in Mantua, on the 13th'of September ISO6. In 1517 a handsome monument was set up to him by his sons in the church of S. Andrea, where he had painted the altar-piece of the mortuary chapel.

Mantegna was no less eminent as an engraver, though his history in that respect is somewhat obscure, partly because he never signed or dated any of his plates, -unless in one single disputed instance, 1472. The account which has come down to us is that Mantegna began engraving in Rome, prompted by the engravings produced by Baccio Baldini of Florence after Sandro Botticelli; nor is there anything positive to invalidate this account, except the consideration that it would consign all the numerous and elaborate engravings made by Mantegna to the last sixteen or seventeen years of his life, which seems a scanty space for them, and besides the earlier engravings indicate an earlier period of his artistic style. It has been suggested that he began engraving while still in Padua, under the tuition of a distinguished goldsmith, Niccolo. He engraved about fifty plates, according to the usual reckoning; some thirty of them are mostly accounted indisputable-often large, full of figures, and highly studied. Some recent connoisseurs, however, ask us to restrict to seven the number of his genuine extant engravings—which arppears unreasonable. Among the principal examples are “ Roman A riumphs " (not the same compositions as the Hampton Court pictures), “ A Bacchanal Festival, ” “ Hercules and Antaeus, ” Marine Gods, ” “ Iudith with the Head of Holophernes, ”, the “ Deposition from the Cross, ” the “ Entombment, ” the “ Resurrection, ” the “ Man of Sorrows, " the “ Virgin in a Grotto.” Mantegna has sometimes been credited with the important invention of engraving with the burin on copper. This claim cannot be sustained on a comparison of dates, but at any rate he introduced the art into upper Italy. Several of his engravings 'are supposed to be executed on some metal less hard thancqpper. The techniqueiof himself and his followers is characterized by the strongly marked' forms of the design, and by the oblique formal hatching's of the shadows(The prints are frequently to be found in two states, or editions. In the first state the prints have been taken off with the roller, or even by hand pressing, and they éare uéealk in gint; in the second state the printing press has been use, an the in is stronger.

The influence of Mantegna on the style 'and tendency of his age was very marked, and extended not only to his own Hourishing Mantuan school, but over Italian art generally. His vigorous perspectives and trenchant fore shortenings pioneered the way to other artists: in solid antique taste, and the power of reviving the aspect of a remote age with some approach to system arid consistency, he distanced all contemporary competition. He did'not, however, leave behind him many scholars of superior faculty. His two legitimate sons were painters of only ordinary ability. His favourite pupil was known as Carlo del Mantegna; Caroto of Verona was another pupil, Bonsignori an imitator. Giovanni Bellini; in g his earlier worigs, obviously followed the lead of his brother-in-law Andrea. ”

The works painted by Mantegna, apart from his frescoes, are not numerous; some thirty-five to forty are regarded as fully .authenticated. We may name, besides those already specified-in the Naples Museum, “ St Euphemia, ” a fine early work; in Casa Melzi, Milan, the “ Madonna and Child with Chanting Angels ” (1461); in the Tribune of the Ufiizi, Florence, three pictures remarkable for scrupulous finish; in the Berlin Museum, the “ Dead Christ with two Angels ”; in the Louvre, the two celebrated pictures of mythic, allegory-4 “ Parnassus ” and “ Minerva Triumphing over the Viees ”;.in' the National Gallery, London, the “ Agony in the Garden, ” the f' Virgin and Child Enthroned, with the Baptist and the Magdalen, ” a late example; the monochrome of “ Vestals, ” brought from Hamilton Palace; the “ Triumph of Scipio ” (or Phrygian Mother of the Gods received by the Roman Commonwealth), a tempera in chiaroscuro, ainted only a 'few months before the master's death; in the Brera, R/lilan, the “ Dead Christ, with the two Maries weeping, ” a remarkable tour de force in the way of foreshortening, which, though it has a stunted ap earance, is in correct technical perspective as seen from all points olpview. With all its exceptional merit, this is an eminently ughy picttiire. £tire;na.ined iré Mai5teDgna's studio unsold at his death, an was is os o to iqui ate e ts.

Not to speak of earlier periods, a great deal has been written concerning Elantegna of late ears. See the works by Maud Crutwell (1901), Paul Kristeller (190I;i H. Thode (1897), Paul Yrlarte (1901), Julia Cartwright, Mantegna and Francia (1881).


MANTELL, GIDEON ALGERNON (1790-1852), English geologist and palaeontologist, was born in 1790 at Lewes, Sussex. Educated for the medical profession, hefirst practised in his native-town. afterwards in 1835 in Brighton, and 'finally