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

View of the north wall

1465-74
Walnut oil on plaster
Camera degli Sposi, Palazzo Ducale, Mantua

The Camera degli Sposi is lit by two windows; that on the north wall throws a ray of light onto the west wall, which is also lit directly by the east window. Mantegna took the actual lighting of the room into account when planning light and shade for his frescoes.

The presence of the fireplace was a major factor in the composition of the frescoes. Mantegna extended the painted scene by skillfully depicting a flight of steps leading up to the mantel of the fireplace.