Andrea Mantegna: Death of the Virgin (1462-64)

(Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain)

A painting by the italian artist Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506). The painting shows the death of the virgin Mary who is surrounded by 11 Apostles (according to legends the Apostle Thomas was not present). The scene in the background is the the Laguna of Mantua with the Castello di San Giorgio (part of the Ducal palace in Mantua) with and the pont de San Giorgio in Mantua. This painting was commisssioned by the the Gonzaga family of Mantua and is from 1462-1464.

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