St Mark (Mantegna)
|Medium||tempera on canvas|
|Dimensions||82 cm × 63.5 cm (32 in × 25.0 in)|
|Location||Städel Museum, Frankfurt|
Mantegna was aged 17 in 1448, the year in which he regained his independence after six years in the studio of Francesco Squarcione. He filed a lawsuit against his former master for not paying him for works he had produced under his own name. He also began several commissions, such as the altarpiece for Santa Sofia church in Padua, now destroyed.
It is signed and dated 1448 on a small cartouche in the foreground, inscribed "INCLITA MAGNANIMI VEN... / EVANGELISTA PAX TIBI M[ARC]E / ANDREAE MANTEGNAE PICTORIS LABOR". The use of a cartouche in the way originated in Flemish art and was also used by other Italian artists such as Filippo Lippi.