Masaccio- Italian Painter By: Catherine Scibetta
About Him.. • Masaccio was originally named Tommaso Cassai. • The name Masaccio means 'big Tommaso' • In 1422 he joined the Florence painters guild. • Along with Brunelleschi and Donatello, he was a founder of the Renaissance. • Most of his paintings were altarpieces or church frescoes.
Famous Art • He painted many famous frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel in Florence, Italy. • One of the frescoes was the Expulsion From The Garden of Eden. • A famous painting is Virgin and Child with Saint Anne which they think was worked on with Masolino another artist in this era. • Another famous fresco is The Holy Trinity in the Santa Maria Novella church in Florence.
Career • Masaccio’s frescoes are the earliest monuments of Humanism. • Although his career was short he had a great influence on other artists. • Masaccio was one of the first artists to use scientific perspective in his paintings. • All of his works were religious in some way.
Facts • Masaccio is one of the first to use perspective to suggest depth in a flat surface. • Sadly most of his masterpieces were destroyed. • In his paintings he moved away from the Gothic ideas of his time into more of a realism view. • Only four frescoes still stand today.