St Mark the Evangelist, Andrea Mantegna
Andrea Mantegna
St Mark the Evangelist
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Andrea Mantegna

St Mark the Evangelist, ca. 1448 – 1451

82 x 64.3 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on canvas
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1867
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 13


About the Work

The depiction of St Mark is one of the earliest works by this great Renaissance artist. Unusually, it was painted on canvas. Executed around 1450, it is a fine example of how Mantegna combined his knowledge of classical architectural motifs and perspective with his skill in reproducing the most varied materials and reflecting surfaces. He had learned the latter by studying early Netherlandish oil paintings. He thus far exceeded anything his fellow Italian artists were able to achieve with traditional egg-tempera-based paint.

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  • KunstIStück – Andrea Mantegna: Der Evangelist Markus
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Work Data

Basic Information

St Mark the Evangelist
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
An der Brüstung ein Cartellino mit der Inschrift: INCLITA MAGNANIMI VE[...] EVANGELISTA PAX TIBI M[...]E [...] ANDREAE MANTEGNAE LABOR

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1867

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 11H(MARK) Mark (Marcus) the evangelist, and bishop of Alexandria; possible attributes: book, (winged) lion, pen and inkhorn, scroll
  • 41A3361 human figure at (open) window, seen from outside

Research and Discussion


Object History
? wahrscheinlich Graf Uceda, Madrid
José María de Salamanca y Mayol (1811-1883), Madrid
Verst. durch Charles Pillet, Paris an Moritz Gontard und Louis Kohlbacher für das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 3.-6. Juni 1867 (Los-Nr. 58).


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