SON OF TWO FATHERS – THE RENAISSANCE – MANTUA – ANDREA MANTEGNA – VIRTUOSO OF SPACE

ANDREA MANTEGNA’S HOUSE IN MANTUA: Andrea Mantegna, the court painter to the Gonzagas of Mantua, had a talent for conjuring magical spaces out of square boxes – his “bridal chamber” – or camera picta – in Mantua’s Ducal Palace, with its trompe-l’œil oculus, is one example, creating as it does a complex sense of space, …

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SON OF TWO FATHERS, THE RENAISSANCE AND ANDREA MANTEGNA – CAMERA PICTA – OCULUS

While writing the novel “Son of Two Fathers” – (2019 House of Anansi Press) – set in the Renaissance between 1536 and 1543, I plunged into the life of Isabella d’Este, ruler of Mantua, a brilliant, talented, highly cultured woman, an effective ruler, a promoter of women’s education, and one of the great patrons of …

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