The Bridal Chamber of Mantua
10 April 2016
“Opus hoc tenue”: Andrea Mantegna described his “Bridal Chamber” as a modest fresco, which was painted in the Castle between 1465 and 1474 (even though the Marquis Ludovico slept alone there). It’s an absolute masterpiece including the bride and groom, Ludovico and Barbara of Brandenburg, their children, relatives, dignitaries, the emperor Federico III of Hapsburg, King Christian I of Denmark, and the artist himself! Look closely and you’ll find Mantegna among the floral friezes over one of the pillars… The walls are alive with crowds of people, horses, and dogs among the landscapes of classical Rome. At the center of the vault are clouds and sky around the oculus which hide cupids, onlooking faces, and a peacock in a stunning and bold play on perspective.