Trinity is the most famous work of Masaccio beside the frescoes in the Cappelle Brancacci. There are various opinions as to exactly when this fresco was painted between and It was described in detail by Vasari in , who emphasized the virtuosity of the trompe l'oeil in the architectural structure of the painting: "a barrel vault drawn in perspective, and divided into squares with rosettes which diminish and are foreshortened so well that there seems to be a hole in the wall. Thus the fresco remained unknown for further generations from to when owing to the removal of the 16th century altar it was again uncovered. After being removed and placed on the internal facade of the church between the left and the central doors, it was put back in its original position in , as a result of the discovery, beneath the 19th century neo-Gothic altar, of the lower section of the fresco with Adam's skeleton and the painted altar table, once part of the whole work.
Masaccio’s Holy Trinity
Masaccio and the Holy Trinity - Vanderbilt Historical Review
Post a Comment. Surely Masaccio's depiction of the Holy Trinity in the nave of the Dominican church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Florence can be considered one of the first works of the Italian Renaissance. It is also the last work of the master. We do not know exactly when the work was executed, neither do we know who commissioned it, even though he is represented with his wife in the fresco. The masterpiece is located in an asymmetric position in the nave, near the door that led to the basilica's cemetery. The dogma of the Holy Trinity was very important to the Dominican friars, owners of the church, and this would also explain the prominent position of the work. Apparently, also a theologian worked on the creation of the fresco, probably, Fra' Alessio Strozzi, a humanist philosopher and mathematician who was very popular among Ghiberti and Brunelleschi.
Comparison of Masaccio's The Holy Trinity and Grunewald's The Isenheim Altarpiece
Masaccio died in Rome ca. Masaccio strongly influenced High Renaissance artist Michelangelo. Thank you for visiting Fine Art Touch! Please come again soon!
The colors are not very vibrant, but if you notice, Masaccio did not create depth just by perspective, he dulled the colors receding into space. The two figures in the front have different colored, more vibrant cloaks. Whereas, the two figures behind the first pair are wearing the same colored cloaks, but on alternate sides and mixed with grey a little. I think this helps balance the piece and add color without making it over the top. Also this use of color provides a great contrast to the rest of the grey-ish colors in the rest of the piece.