Italian painter and engraver Andrea Mantegna was born in 1431 near Vicenza, Italy. At the age of 10, he was adopted by Francesco Squarcione, an art teacher in Padua. His skill as an artist developed quickly and at the age of 17, he set up his own workshop, no longer allowing Squarcione to profit by exploiting his talent.
In 1490, Mantegna began to produce engravings of great artistic and technical perfection, which contributed to the dissemination of the Early Renaissance innovations north of the Alps. Mantegna died in Mantua in 1506.