Open Arts Object: Mantegna, Adoration of the Magi, c. 1495-1505, Getty Museum, LA
Was the Renaissance global?
In this short film, Dr Leah Clark discusses a Renaissance painting by the Italian court artist Andrea Mantegna, which depicts the Adoration of the Magi. Mantegna provides us with one of the first representations of Chinese porcelain in a Western painting, underlining the global dimension to the work and its context. Dr Clark provides a close visual analysis of Mantegna’s painterly and compositional techniques, largely drawn from antique sculpture, but she also explains how the painting would have functioned on a number of levels: as a devotional work in a Christian context; as a showcase for the collections of the rulers of Mantua, Italy; and as a reflection of the global reach of diplomacy and trade in the Renaissance.
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cultural hybridity; globalisation; history of art; material culture; Renaissance; world art
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