Saturday, February 1, 2014


I like Masaccio (1401-1428) for his use of chiaroscuro in the creation of lifelike figures, his innovative use of one point perspective, and  his influence on other artists despite his brief life.  His real name is a mouthful – Tommaso di Ser Giovanni di Simone – I like both the simplicity and the sound of “Masacccio.” Like most painters of the time virtually all his works were religious paintings.  I particularly like “The Expulsion from The Garden of Eden” with Eve who easily could well have been painted contemporaneously.  Little is known about the circumstances of his untimely death. 

A self-portrait, my portrait, and a detail from "Rendering of the Tribute Money"

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