MASACCIO

Italian Early Renaissance Painter, 1401-1428 was the first great painter of the Quattrocento period of the Italian Renaissance. His frescoes are the earliest monuments of Humanism, and introduce a plasticity previously unseen in figure painting. The name Masaccio is a humorous version of Tommaso, meaning "big", "fat", "clumsy" or "messy" Tom. The name was created to distinguish him from his principal collaborator, also called Tommaso, who came to be known as Masolino ("little/delicate Tom"). Despite his brief career, he had a profound influence on other artists. He was one of the first to use scientific perspective in his painting, employing techniques such as vanishing point in art for the first time. He also moved away from the Gothic style and elaborate ornamentation of artists like Gentile da Fabriano to a more natural mode that employed perspective for greater realism. Masaccio was born to Giovanni di Mone Cassa??i and Jacopa di Martinozzo in Castel San Giovanni di Altura, now San Giovanni Valdarno (now part of the province of Arezzo, Tuscany). His father was a notary and his mother the daughter of an innkeeper of Barberino di Mugello, a town a few miles south of Florence. His family name, Cassai, comes from the trade of his grandfather Simone and granduncle Lorenzo, who were carpenters - cabinet makers ("casse", hence "cassai"). His father died in 1406, when Tommaso was only five; in that year another brother was born, called Giovanni after the dead father. He also was to become a painter, with the nickname of "Scheggia" meaning "splinter". The mother was remarried to an elderly apothecary, Tedesco, who guaranteed Masaccio and his family a comfortable childhood.

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MASACCIO San Giovenale Triptych oil painting


San Giovenale Triptych
Painting ID::  9836
Artist: MASACCIO
Painting: San Giovenale Triptych
Introduction: 1422, panel, Church of San Pietro at Cascia Florence
   
   
     

MASACCIO San Giovenale Triptych oil painting


San Giovenale Triptych
Painting ID::  9837
Artist: MASACCIO
Painting: San Giovenale Triptych
Introduction: 1422, panel, Church of San Pietro at Cascia Florence
   
   
     

MASACCIO Portrait of a Young Man  w5 oil painting


Portrait of a Young Man w5
Painting ID::  9838
Artist: MASACCIO
Painting: Portrait of a Young Man w5
Introduction: 1423-25, wood, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
   
   
     

MASACCIO Madonna and Child with  St. Anne oil painting


Madonna and Child with St. Anne
Painting ID::  9839
Artist: MASACCIO
Painting: Madonna and Child with St. Anne
Introduction: panel, Uffizi, Florence
   
   
     

MASACCIO The Holy Trinity with Virgin and St. John, oil painting


The Holy Trinity with Virgin and St. John,
Painting ID::  9840
Artist: MASACCIO
Painting: The Holy Trinity with Virgin and St. John,
Introduction: 1425, Santa Maria Novella, Florence
   
   
     

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     Italian Early Renaissance Painter, 1401-1428 was the first great painter of the Quattrocento period of the Italian Renaissance. His frescoes are the earliest monuments of Humanism, and introduce a plasticity previously unseen in figure painting. The name Masaccio is a humorous version of Tommaso, meaning "big", "fat", "clumsy" or "messy" Tom. The name was created to distinguish him from his principal collaborator, also called Tommaso, who came to be known as Masolino ("little/delicate Tom"). Despite his brief career, he had a profound influence on other artists. He was one of the first to use scientific perspective in his painting, employing techniques such as vanishing point in art for the first time. He also moved away from the Gothic style and elaborate ornamentation of artists like Gentile da Fabriano to a more natural mode that employed perspective for greater realism. Masaccio was born to Giovanni di Mone Cassa??i and Jacopa di Martinozzo in Castel San Giovanni di Altura, now San Giovanni Valdarno (now part of the province of Arezzo, Tuscany). His father was a notary and his mother the daughter of an innkeeper of Barberino di Mugello, a town a few miles south of Florence. His family name, Cassai, comes from the trade of his grandfather Simone and granduncle Lorenzo, who were carpenters - cabinet makers ("casse", hence "cassai"). His father died in 1406, when Tommaso was only five; in that year another brother was born, called Giovanni after the dead father. He also was to become a painter, with the nickname of "Scheggia" meaning "splinter". The mother was remarried to an elderly apothecary, Tedesco, who guaranteed Masaccio and his family a comfortable childhood.