(b. 1431, Isola di Carturo, d. 1506, Mantova)
Inscription with Putti1465-74
Walnut oil on plaster
Camera degli Sposi, Palazzo Ducale, Mantua
Because Mantegna's play of realities in the Camera degli Sposi is so convincing, the distinction between the physical, real world and the fictive, painted one is unclear. Although most apparent on the ceiling, this aspect of the decoration is continued in the wall zones. For example, the tablet containing a beautifully lettered inscription appears to be held by flying putti, who struggle to support its weight. Nearby, a trompe l'oeil twisted leather curtain, similar to those actually used at the time, is featured prominently.