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FC: The Life of Tommase di ser Giovanni di Simone dei Guidi

1: By:Kimberly Frez World History HN 2nd Period

2: Tommaso di Ser Giovanni di Simone dei Guide famously known by the name of Masaccio.

3: The arts were always something I enjoyed studying about. In school we always learned about Shakespeare, Donatello, Giovanni Boccacio, and Francesco Petrarch, one thing all of these men had in common was that they were famous. Everyone knew these men as the greatest of the Renaissance. I question the others, there had to be more artists. The people I stated couldn’t have painted or sculpted the many arts we still have all around the world.

4: I was taken back in time. I was in the 1400’s! A man was painting, I tried getting his attention but it seemed as if I was just a ghost. I found out it was Tommaso di Ser Giovanni di Simone dei Guidi. His master Tommaso di Cristotano di Fino also known as, Masolino,was speaking with him. The two men were talking Italian shockingly I understood. It was Guidi’s birthday December 21 1421, and Guidi was turning twenty.

6: Tommaso di Cristotano was calling him by the name Masaccio obviously it was for his absentmindness. The two men walked outside and I decided to follow I was in San Giovanni di Valdarno, Italy. Suddenly I froze, and Masaccio’s life flashed before my very own eyes. He was the son of Ser Giovanni di Mone Cassai and Monna Iacopa. His father was a notary and his brother Giovanni was a painter. It showed that the talent of painting ran in the family.

7: Masaccio and Masolino

9: Masaccios famous works

10: At the age of twelve Masaccio moved to Florence to begin his studies of the arts. During the year 1420 Masaccio was enrolled among the Speziali, one of the arts or guilds. He was only 19 in the church of S. Giovenale in Cascia at Reggello, near Florence, he painted a triptych with the Madonna enthroned, two adoring angels, and saints.

11: The Triptch

12: I also saw Masaccio watching kids, who would have thought someone who didn’t care about themselves but devoted their life to the arts watching kids. Everything came clear he was watching them because he was observing them as inspiration. They were what inspired him to paint the picture of Mary and baby Jesus.

14: The Trinity

16: Masaccio became a master painter by the age of twenty one. The majority of his paintings were for the Catholic Church so I’m assuming he was Catholic. As I saw the works of art being created I noticed the way he made the paintings. Masaccio brought a new naturalness to painting through the use of strong modeling and lifelike poses. He used the newly invented device of perspective, and used the effects of light and atmosphere to give realism.

18: Suddenly I was taken to the year 1429. Masaccio was dead at the age of twenty seven. Word was going around that he died from grief others said it was because he was poisoned. I was suddenly back in the library. Shockingly I was only gone for twenty minutes. Everything made sense. Masaccio was a great artist but wasn’t recognized until after his death. Still today he isn’t as famous as the others but his work still lives on today.

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