Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Masaccio, Santa Maria Novella, and the Trinity

This painting was a major turn in style. Masaccio was focused on and used linear perspective in execution.This fantastic painting can be seen in Florence at Santa Maria Novella.The coffered arch, God, Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and Saint Joseph complete the illusion of three dimenstions. The patron family is depicted kneeling. They are of the Lenzi family.The goal of the artist was to create a real space inhabited by the figures in the scene. Completed in 1427 it is a masterpiece that many other artists of the Renaissance used to perfect the use of perspective.The skeleton at the base of the image repressents our mortality with God and the Holy Spirit at the top completing the imagery. At our death life truly begins in Paradise.

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