Holy Trinity by Masaccio
One of the most important works of the Early Renaissance is the fresco of the Holy
Trinity of 1426-27 by Masaccio. Clearly evident is Masaccio's absorption and application of Brunelleschi's new invention of 1424 of linear perspective in the Holy Trinity. The perspective lines of the illusionistic barrel vault draw the viewer into deep space. The
fully rounded figure of Christ in the Holy Trinity can be attributed to the influence of sculptor Donatello
on Masaccio with his interest in classical art. Both Brunelleschi and Donatello were working contemporaneously with Masaccio in Forence at
the time the Holy Trinity was executed.
The Holy Trinity
Fresco, Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy.
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Casting aside the current Gothic style of ornamentation, detail, and flat, two-dimensionality, Masaccio constructed his Holy Trinity
painting with simplicty and naturalistic three-dimensionality. The Holy Trinity strongly influenced the
works of later Florentine artists like Michelangelo Buonarroti and many
others. Masaccio died in Rome ca. 1427(8?).
Masaccio was influrenced by Early Renaissance sculptor Donatello architect Brunelleschi and by Trecento artist,
Giotto. Masaccio strongly influenced High Renaissance artist Michelangelo.
Brenda Harness, Art Historian