Trinity (1427-28) by Masaccio

Trinity - Masaccio - 1427-28

Artwork Information

Dimensions21' 10 1/2" x 10' 4 7/8" (6.67 x 3.17 m)
Current LocationSanta Maria Novella, Florence
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About Trinity

Masaccio’s Trinity, painted in 1427-1428, is a religious fresco depicting Christ on the cross with God the Father standing on a step behind him and the Holy Spirit represented as a white dove. The painting sets itself apart from its predecessors with its intricate details and innovative spatial arrangements which draw attention to each figure. The crown of thorns placed atop Christ’s lifeless body, for instance, locks it into its own defined space amidst the figures of God and the Holy Spirit. With various symbols and details woven throughout his artwork Masaccio cleverly captures faith into marked stillness.

In comparison to works from this era such as Tribute Money (c. 1424-1428), Trinity heightens perspective while incorporating innovative techniques such as foreshortening within linear perspective. It has served as an immense influence on later generations of artists and continues to stir viewers today with its compelling depiction of spirituality. Tribute Money was an example early of Renaissance art produced by Masaccio which works off light and shadows used to highlight Jesus or even to create someone’s face that could not be visible in person due to the angle of view or due to their distance from the viewer; making it truly unique for its time. Although both artworks serve their own purpose in religious expression, Masaccio successfully sought new techniques to transport viewers into scenes he’d created: faithfully leading them beyond physical boundaries with symbols and perspectives alike – drawing them closer to spirituality through his artwork.

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