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


Dimensions
81.1 x 63.6 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on canvas
Inventory Number
1046
Acquisition
Acquired in 1867
Status
On loan

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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
    Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Andrea Mantegna: Der Evangelist Markus, ca. 1448-1451, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main. https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/de/werk/der-evangelist-markus#yt

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Title
St Mark the Evangelist
Painter
Period Produced
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Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on canvas
Material
Technique
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

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Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1867

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Motifs and References

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Primary
  • 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
Secondary

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15.05.2019