Masaccio (Tommaso Giovanni di Mone)
Self-portrait, The Virgin and Child (detail), 1420s
Masaccio, the greatest Florentine painter of the Early Renaissance, lived a short life, but he revolutionized the art of painting, he was the bridge between Giotto and Michelangelo. The attribution of some of Masaccio’s works (“Big ugly Tom”) remains questionable.
His paintings are able to convey the depth of human experience and emotion, and the figures seem alive and full of dignity. His simple, well-ordered compositions, in which the human figure is the central feature, accord with the Renaissance principle that human beings are the measure of all things.
Masaccio’s major works are Crucifixion, 1426 (Naples: Museo di Capodimonte); The Expulsion from Paradise, c. 1427 (Florence: Santa Maria del Carmine)
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.