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‘Mantegna and Bellini’, National Gallery, London, 1 October 2018 - 27 January 2019

Scalabrella Spada, L; (2020) ‘Mantegna and Bellini’, National Gallery, London, 1 October 2018 - 27 January 2019. [Review]. Object , 21 pp. 75-77. 10.14324/111.2396-9008.048. Green open access

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Abstract

The ambitious exhibition ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ was held in London at the National Gallery from October 2018 to January 2019. Tracing the career of the two artists, it displayed, over six rooms, a large number of paintings and drawings, following a chronological structure. The main curatorial strategy consisted in juxtaposing paintings of similar content in order to compare and contrast the different styles and iconological concerns of the two artists. Despite the exhibition’s potential, however, its art historical scope remained restrictive: captions insisted on questions of attribution and patronage, constantly referring to nebulous canons of renaissance ‘beauty’. Such perspective, eventually, seemed to reinforce a problematic rhetoric of intellectualism rather than expanding the artworks’ interpretative possibilities.

Type: Article
Title: ‘Mantegna and Bellini’, National Gallery, London, 1 October 2018 - 27 January 2019
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.2396-9008.048
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020, Laura Scalabrella Spada. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: early modern, Mantegna, Bellini, painting, exhibition, National Gallery
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History of Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10090404
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