Comparison Of Masaccio And Raphael 's ' The Holy Trinity ' ( Fig )
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Perspective plays an important role in understanding Masaccio’s frescos. Masaccio was born in 1401 and died unfortunately young in 1428. His full birth name is Tommasio di Ser Giovanni de Simone. He made a great contribution to Italian and Florentine art during the Quattrocento period of the Italian Renaissance. He worked alongside Filippo Brunelleschi an Italian architect and engineer. Together they created the idea of linear perspective with the influence of earlier artists such as Lorenzetti, Duccio and Giotto brothers. Linear perspective helps to form the impression of a three-dimensional space on a completely flat surface. This essay will compare ‘The Holy Trinity’ (fig. 1) by Masaccio and Raphael’s ‘The School of Athens’ (fig. 2). Both Masaccio and Raphael use linear perspective in their paintings to create a sense of depth and realism.
‘The Holy Trinity’ (fig. 1) was a fresco painting created in 1428. It is currently in the Dominican church of Santa Maria Novella, in Florence and was believed to have been commissioned by the Domenico Lenzi and his wife. It is both a religious and secular painting. It portrays the Trinity of God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Ghost, which is symbolized by a white dove. Masaccio uses a scientific approach by creating an illusion of space within the painting. When the viewer walks into the Santa Maria Novella, they are confronted by a painting that looks realistic but is quite strange. ‘The Holy Trinity’ simulates a real