Andrea Mantegna, the painter who “was able to rise above earth and create heavenly forms which are still real” (W. Goethe). A protagonist of the renewal of the figurative language in northern Italy. An introduction to the life of the artist, with his masterpieces. Francesca Marini is an art historian and a writer. She published several artist monographs for Skira including Caravaggio, Bacon, Gèricault, Tintoretto. She is also the author of dossiers in the Skira exhibition catalogues Modigliani (2006) and Bacon (2008).