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

Ceiling (detail)

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

The ceiling is divided into areas by painted bands and ornamentation, the areas differing in their degrees of realism. The realistic view of the sky in the centre is separated from the modulated gray-gold tones of the ceiling by means of a colourful garland of fruit and leaves around simulated reliefs.