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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Renaissance Artist, Masaccio & His Painting, The Trinity. Trompe L'oeil







Masaccio’s painting, The Trinity, changed the world of art at the beginning of the Renaissance. (See my previous post.) In his use of linear perspective in the vault, Masaccio used a vanishing point and horizon line (eye level) below the Christ figure. I have marked several perspective lines following the arch and the horizon line (eye level) in red. The arches’ lines converge at the vanishing point on the horizon line. The vault’s squares also diminish in size as the perspective lines converge. The kneeling figures are in front of the picture plane and therefore occupy our space. Masaccio created a trompe l’oeil effect (fool the eye) showing objects and space. One of the best known images of this effect is a boy stepping out of the picture plane (Escaping Criticism, Pere Borell del Caso). In his painting, Masaccio used light to model the Christ figure. Artists, critics and patrons came to view Masaccio's The Trinity and his illusion of space using for the first time linear perspective in painting.

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