The Introduction of the Cult of Cybele in Rome
by Andrea MantegnaLondon, National Gallery
Upon Mantegna's death, the Cornaro patron turned to Mantegna's equally celebrated brother-in-law, Giovanni Bellini, to execute, with his studio, The Continence of Scipio, perhaps based on a drawing by Mantegna. (See P. F. Brown, Venice and Antiquity [New Haven, 1996], pp. 252-5.)
The Mantegna painting (canvas size 73.5 x 268 cm.) remained with the Cornaro family, displayed at Ca' Cornaro in Campo S. Polo in Venice, until 1815. The painting was acquired by Antonio Sanquirico in that year, then passed in 1835 to an English family whose heir Ralph Vivian donated it to the National Gallery, London, in 1873.
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