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FC: The Artist of His Time: Masaccio By: Will Brandon

1: I was once that which you are, and what I am you will also be. Masaccio, "The Holy Trinity"

2: Once upon a time...... Florence, Italy

3: A boy named Tommaso Cassai, now known as Masaccio, was born in San Giovanni Valdarno near Florence on December 21, 1401. This boy was destined to become the artist of his time, the Renaissance.

4: Everyday he would go to the cliff by his home that sat above the town and think to himself. His name Tommaso means "Big Tom" and he received Massacio as a nick name on Friday from a small boy in town because he didn't care about anything. From that day, Tommaso Cassai was known as Masaccio, destined to be the artist of his time.

5: Five year old Masaccio was coming back from the cliff one day, and when he came in his mother was on her knees crying. He ran to his mother's side and asked and asked her what was wrong, but she could not answer.

6: Masaccio walked to his father's room and saw him lying silent on the rugged bed. He was too young to realize and understand what had happened.

7: When Masaccio turned twenty years old, he joined a painters guild in Florence. The guild helped his drawings evolve.

8: Every chance he got he would study Giotto's, Donatello's, and Brunelleschi's paintings, sculptures, and buildings. They became his inspirations which you could see in his paintings and drawings.

9: Donatello's statue of David after he defeated Goliath the giant.

11: One day he decided to paint his very first painting. He called it The Madonna with St. Anne. It took Big Tom weeks and weeks to perfect his first painting. Finally, the day had come to put the very last detail into his painting. Masaccio gently bushed the shade of black across the face of the little child. He stated, “Donatello's paintings influenced the way he painted the faces of the people with the textures of the faces.”

12: Masaccio's famous style of painting in the Brancacci Chapel brought light to the paintings from the stained glass windows. His technique made the paintings seem almost like real people and objects. Unlike other painters, Masaccio focused more on simplicity and unity rather than details and ornamentation. He used a three-dimensional illusion in his paintings more than the flat surface paintings.

13: The Brancacci Chapel With some of the paintings of Masaccio.

14: Later on Masaccio was asked to paint the Brancacci Chapel with some others. This was the opportunity he had been waiting for.

16: Many months the brilliant artists spent sketching, shading, and painting in the Chapel.He used care with every brush stroke he did. “My favorite painting in the Chapel was the Expulsion from Eden. It showed my religious side and I put a lot of care into it.” Masaccio said.

17: Masaccio's painting The Expulsion of Eden.

18: The artists put every ounce of their time into the design of the Brancacci Chapel. The whole design process of the Chapel took around a year to finish.

19: Masolino, one of the artists, died before he could finish the Chapel at age twenty-nine. Filippino Lippi finished portions of the Chapel later in place of him.

20: Masaccio became sick one day and died. Many people found inspiration from his paintings found in museums and the Chapel. His style of painting can be found used still in paintings today.

21: He was the first artists, since Giotto, to paint a human figure as a real human being.

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