(b. 1395, Pisa, d. 1455, Roma)

Tournament Scene (detail)

Palazzo Ducale, Mantua

On the walls of the Sala del Pisanello (also called the Sala dei Principi) in the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua, dozens of armed knights, equipped with helmets, lances, and cuirasses, take part in a grand, spirited tournament. This event is set against an expansive landscape with steep valleys, castles, and crenellated towers. Pisanello utilized all his talents to illustrate the legendary story of Lancelot du Lac.

Pisanello's frescoes are now very difficult to read, both because of the damage they have suffered and because the artist and his assistants never finished them. Part of the cycle survives only in the form of a sinopia.

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