San Luca Altarpiece

The San Lucas Altarpiece, also known as the San Lucas Polyptych, is a polyptych panel painting by Northern Italian Renaissance painter Andrea Mantegna. The altarpiece is a polyptych panel painting featuring 12 figures each in his or her own arch. The seven figures in the top row flank the central figure of Jesus Christ. The five beneath flank Saint Luke.

San Luca Altarpiece
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ArtistAndrea Mantegna
Dimensions177 cm × 230 cm (70 in × 91 in)
LocationPinacoteca di Brera, Milan


On August 10, 1453, Mantegna signed a contract to paint the work for the monastery of Santa Giustina in Padua.[1] In return for 50 ducats, Mantegna agreed to complete the work, providing paints with which to depict the figures and the azzurro Todesco (a blue pigment derived from copper) with which to inlay them.[2] The work was completed within that or the following year.[3] The polyptych is located in Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan.[4]


  1. ^ Merrifield (1849), p. 199.
  2. ^ Merrifield (1849), pp. 196, 199.
  3. ^ Vasari et al. (1911), p. 262.
  4. ^ Laven (1971), p. 13.


  • Laven, Peter (8 April 1971). Renaissance Italy, 1464-1534. Taylor & Francis. GGKEY:R4S7K6Q19C5. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  • Merrifield, Mary Philadelphia (1849). Original treatises, dating from the XIIth to the XVIIIth centuries. John Murray, Albemarle Street. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  • Vasari, Giorgio; Edwin Howland Blashfield; Albert Allis Hopkins (1911). Lives of seventy of the most eminent painters, sculptors and architects. C. Scribner's sons. Retrieved 4 July 2010.

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