There is a new Mantegna in the collection at the Accademia Carrara.

An authentic painting by Andrea Mantegna has been rediscovered. Considered a copy for almost 200 years, the work was excluded from the Accademia Carrara’s exhibition and placed in the picture gallery’s storerooms for over a century.

Discovered by Giovanni Valagussa, conservator at the Accademia Carrara, "The Resurrection of Christ" is dated 1492/1493 and attributed to Andrea Mantegna, as a sister work and continuation of "The Descent of Christ into Limbo" (1492). This work, by the painter from Padua, is conserved in Princeton in the Barbara Piasecka Johnson collection and was auctioned in 2003 for the record amount of 25 million dollars.

After restoration with the most innovative technologies, the authentic work is reunited with the sister work in an exhibition that starts at the National Gallery in London. At the end of its wanderings, the rediscovered canvas will return to shine in the halls of the Accademia Carrara.


The small cross on the lower edge, under the stone arch, is the detail that led to the extraordinary discovery.
A continuity between the cross and the rod that holds it and the perfect coincidence in the definition of the rocks of the arch are proof that the work is the upper half of "The Descent of Christ into Limbo"
"The Resurrection of Christ" and "The Descent of Christ into Limbo" are finally reunited at the National Gallery in London in the exhibition "Mantegna and Bellini". And the journey will continue to Berlin, to the Gemäldegalerie.