Mantegna and Bellini

Thursday 25th October 2018

A major exhibition opens at the National Gallery this autumn examining the relationship between Andrea Mantegna & Giovanni Bellini, two of the most important artists working in Renaissance Italy (and also brothers-in-law), whose exchange of ideas would have a transformative impact on the development of Northern Italian painting.  

Giovanni Bellini was one of the most influential figures working in La Serenissima or “the Most Serene” Venetian Republic during the 15th and early 16th centuries. Brought up in one of the leading family workshops in the city, Bellini’s early work was much influenced by his father Jacopo. However, he soon developed a new and radical approach to style and technique, introducing a softer and more tonal use of light and colour which would revolutionize Venetian painting and prove perhaps the single most important influence on Titian, Giorgione and other leading artists of the cinquecento.

Mantegna spent his early life in the Venetian Republic but then moved to Mantua where he was called to work at the court of the illustrious Gonzaga family. Much influenced by the works of classical antiquity he soon developed a more sculptural style, yet it is clear that both artists were much influenced by one another and their creative dialogue continued into old age.

Many major international loans will be on view including Bellini’s late work The Feast of the Gods (Washington), both artists’ versions of The Presentation in the Temple (Berlin, Venice), Giovanni Bellini's Davis Madonna (New York) and a number of canvases from Mantegna's The Triumphs of Caesar series (Royal Collection).

An investigation of Bellini's technique and how it evolved over more than five decades will be included, with discussion of The National Gallery's recent restoration of Bellini’s Assassination of Saint Peter Martyr

One of 2018's most important exhibitions - not to be missed!



Please meet at The Linnean Society (on the left hand side of the courtyard as you come into Burlington House) in advance of our lecture which will begin at 11.00. Doors will open at 10.30 - we recommend allowing time to sign in and collect your tickets before the talk begins.

Our lecture given by National Gallery lecturer Siân Walters will take place in the ground floor Meeting Room (opposite the main entrance as you come in).  You may like to have a coffee in the RA courtyard cafe before the talk begins (please note, there are no refreshment facilties at The Linnean Society) .

After lunch (optional) we have timed entry tickets in the early afternoon to the National Gallery exhibition (just a 5-minute walk from the restaurant). Lecturing is not permitted in the exhibition but an audio tour is included and your lecturer will be on hand to answer questions. The day will finish at about 4.00. The fee will be £47.50 per person and includes an introductory exhibition lecture, timed entry tickets and audioguide hire.

Please see below for study day reductions


Please let us know if you would like to join us for lunch - we will eat at a very reasonably-priced Italian restaurant near the National Gallery. There is a 2-course set-course menu costing £12.95 and payment (in cash) can be made on the day.

Please let us know on the booking form if you have any food intolerances, allergies or dietary requirements.

Further Study Day Information

Location and Directions Linnean Society

The Linnean Society
Burlington House
London W1J 0BF
Tel : 020 7434 4479

To view a map of the venue location click here

Travel Information:
Burlington House is situated on Piccadilly, approximately half-way between Green Park and Piccadilly underground stations. Bus services 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38 pass the entrance.

We then go by foot to the National Gallery for the exhibition. The address is Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Reductions will be available for National Gallery members - please inform us when booking, thank you. We will refund the full exhibition ticket price to you shortly after the study day has taken place. This will be actioned via Paypal (please let us know if you do not have a Paypal account and we will send you a refund by cheque).

However, members must book their own timed entry slot in advance - we regret that the gallery does not allow us to do this for you. Members can log in using their password to the members' website, and select a convenient timed entry slot. We would recommend doing this well in advance, to guarantee entry at your required time. (If you are joining the group for lunch, we would recommend that you book the 2.30 slot.)

Reductions will also be available to Art Fund pass holders (you will be refunded the full Art Fund reduction, minus the gallery ticket booking fee). Again, refunds will be actioned via Paypal shortly after the study day has taken place (please let us know if you do not have a Paypal account and we will send you a refund by cheque).

Please do make a note to bring your passes on the day, if applicable, otherwise entrance will not be permitted. We are afraid that we are unable to offer discounts if we are informed about passes after bookings have been made. Thank you. We regret that other reductions are not available for this study day.

If you would like to join us please fill in the online booking form. If you would prefer to send a booking form by post please download a copy here.

Once your booking has been accepted, we will notify you by email. If you have not received an email confirmation, please check your ‘deleted items' and 'junk mail' folders. If you have not received a confirmation please do contact us to ensure that we have received your booking.

Normally we will not need to send you any further information, so please just bring the study day details and email confirmation with you on the day. We regret we are unable to offer refunds on unused tickets, but tickets may be transferred to someone else for the event you have booked. Please give us 48 hours notice if you wish to do so.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event.


  • One of the highlights of this year's exhibition calendar
  • Introductory presentation by National Gallery lecturer
  • Timed entry tickets and audioguide hire included
  • Delicious lunch arranged
  • Reductions available



Booking is now closed.

If you have any questions regarding the study day or booking please send us an email or
call on +44 (0)1932 267322

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