Mantegna - the San Zeno Altarpiece

Verona has many magnificent churches: it is generally agreed that San Zeno is the finest. As with many Italian cities, the basilica dedicated to the patron saint was held in much higher regard than the duomo. San Zeno is particularly noted for its bronze doors, and I have written about them: the link is on the home page.
  The San Zeno Altarpiece by Andrea Mantegna was commissioned by Gregorio Correr, the abbot of the Benedictine monastery that was located here. It was painted between 1457 and 1460, and consists of six panels. The central panel shows the Virgin and Child; the side panels show saints; and the three panels of the predella show scenes of the Passion.
  Napoleon helped himself to the altarpiece in 1797. In 1815 it was returned minus the predella panels which are still in France. What is seen here are 19th century copies of the predella panels. In this study I will post images of the originals.
  For its time this artwork was highly innovative, and, it is said, introduced the Renaissance style to Verona and inspired local artists.
  The  lower image give an idea of its location in the church.


         The central panel                                                                                 The side panels       

The predella panels:     Agony in the garden          Crucifixion           Resurrection

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