Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Massacio's "Holy Trinity" - Perspective

This is Massacio's "Holy Trinity". This fresco is one of the first known pieces of work to utilize a one-point perspective to create a sense of depth within the work. The perspective gives you a sense that the subject is deep in the space and the base of the fresco appears protrude out towards the viewer and helps integrate the viewer into the scene. The fresco also appears to look like more of a sculpture than a painting. This effect works well because the fresco is built into a church in a more confined space that would not be conducive for the environment. I feel that this piece is an excellent early example of perspective in art.

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