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The Adoration of the Shepherds, shortly after 1451

The Adoration of the Shepherds, shortly after 1451

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The Adoration of the Shepherds, shortly after 1451. Andrea Mantegna (c.? 1431 – September 13, 1506) was an Italian painter, a student of Roman archeology, and son-in-law of Jacopo Bellini. Mantegna experimented with perspective, e.g. by lowering the horizon in order to create a sense of greater monumentality. His flinty, metallic landscapes and somewhat stony figures give evidence of a fundamentally sculptural approach to painting. He also led a workshop that was the leading producer of prints in Venice before 1500.