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One of Italy's greatest painters, Andrea Mantegna, was born in 1580. He was a student of Roman archaeology and the son-in-law of Jacopo Bellini. During his early career, he painted landscapes, portraits, and still lifes of the Italian countryside. In his later years, he was more successful, and began to exhibit his works internationally.

Mantegna was trained in Padua, where he studied under Francesco Squarcione. As a student, Mantegna became disgruntled when he saw his teacher profiting from his work, and left the town at the age of seventeen. After leaving Padua, Mantegna continued his studies in Mantua, Verona, Rome, and Venice. He is best known for his work The Lamentation, which is considered the greatest painting of the 15th century.

Mantegna is known for his use of perspective and used ancient Roman architecture and sculpture to create more monumental pieces. He also employed a number of students, including Jacopo Bellini, to help him develop his vision of Venetian painting. His later works reflect his influences and are an excellent example of Renaissance art. When Mantegna was a young man, he was apprenticed to the Bellinis' firm. The artist's first significant commission was the Eremitani Chapel in Padua. After the age of twenty, Mantegna moved to the city of Mantua. He spent the rest of his life in Mantua, where he became court artist to Gonzaga, the local prince.

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