This famous fresco by Masaccio became famous thanks to its innovation in depicting architectural elements and a completely new vision of perspective.
We see Calvary and the crucified Christ. He is supported by God the father. At the feet is a sarcophagus, in which is the skeleton of the first person on the land of Adam.
On both sides are St. John and the Virgin Mary. A little lower is a donor in a red coat and his wife. We even know the name of this donor. Presumably this is Lorenzo Lenzi.
All the works of Masaccio are incredibly embossed. It was he who laid the foundations of the Renaissance. Paintings need to be done as we actually see. At that time, such an idea was truly revolutionary.
The painter depicts the arch in a certain way. It shows us a linear perspective. In those days, painters were very fond of such a technique. The composition is designed so that all the trajectories are necessarily connected at one main point. It seems that we see everything depicted on a flat line. As you delete, all characters and items decrease. The artist loved architecture in its classical form. That is why the columns are so expertly drawn on the canvas. The vault, spelled out to the smallest detail, speaks of the same passion.
Silhouettes modeled in relief. This is necessary in order to create a sense of reality of what is happening. We practically feel our presence in the space of this grandiose fresco. Before that, there was simply nothing similar in painting.
The painter conveys the dynamism and drama of everything that happens with the help of gestures and special facial expressions of each character. Thanks to this, he managed to achieve such a strong impact of his paintings on the audience. The simplest techniques allow you to create a real impression that the shapes in space are as plastic as possible.
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