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Masaccio's 'Trinity' : Masterpieces of Western Painting - Rona Goffen

Masaccio's 'Trinity'

Masterpieces of Western Painting

By: Rona Goffen (Editor)

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Published: 30th April 1998
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Six contributors here examine one of the definitive paintings of the Italian Renaissance. Renowned for the grandeur of its characterisations, both sacred and mortal, for the perspectival illusion of its monumental architectural setting, and for its compelling depiction of a human skeleton, the fresco was famous from the time it was painted in the 1420s, and remembered despite its having been hidden from view for nearly two centuries. This volume considers the Trinity in its historical and spiritual contexts, its relation to the symbolism of the Trinity, and its liturgical function in the great Dominican church of Santa Maria Novella. Also emphasised are the extraordinary features of the painting, especially its system of spatial illusionism, its problematic state of conservation, and the conception of time and space that the artist masterfully visualised.

."..valuable to several audiences: the scholar as a resource, the student as a learning tool, and the teacher of art history as teaching tool for methodology. The series of essays that Goffen has collected on Masaccio's Trinity is informative and interesting. At the same time the editor successfully balances broad appeal with scholarly substance." Sara Nair James, Sixteenth Century Journal

Introduction: Masaccio's Trinity and the Early Renaissance
The Florentine elite in the early fifteneenth century
Masaccio's 'Trinity' and the Letter to the Hebrews
Masaccio's Fresco technique and Problems of Conservation
The Perspective Construction of Masaccio's 'Trinity' Fresco and Medieval Astronomical Graphics
Time and timeless in Quattrocento painting
Masaccio's skeleton: Art and Anatomy in Renaissance Italy
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ISBN: 9780521467094
ISBN-10: 0521467098
Series: Masterpieces of Western Painting
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 178
Published: 30th April 1998
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.24