MANTEGNA, Andrea
(b. 1431, Isola di Carturo, d. 1506, Mantova)

Scenes from the Life of St Christopher (scenes 1-2)

1448-57
Fresco
Cappella Ovetari, Chiesa degli Eremitani, Padua

This photograph was taken before the chapel was destroyed on 11 March 1944. Today only fragments of the lower wall area remain. The right-hand wall of the chapel was dedicated to St Christopher. From the upper left to the lower right the scenes were St Christopher before the King (scene 1); the Confrontation with the Devil (scene 2); St Christopher Carrying Christ across the River (scene 3); St Christopher and the Soldiers of the King of Samos in Lycia (scene 4); the Martyrdom of St Christopher (scene 5); the Removal of his Body (scene 6).

The composition of the whole wall was Mantegna's work, but only the two bottom pictures (scenes 5 and 6) were painted by him.