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Masolino da Panicale

 
 

 

 

Masolino da Panicale
 

(b Panicale, Umbria, 1383; d after 1435).

Italian painter, florentine school. He is one of the pivotal figures of Florentine painting. Not only does his career span the two decades during which the basis of Renaissance painting was forged, but for a time he collaborated with its protagonist, MASACCIO, most notably in a cycle of frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel in S Maria del Carmine, Florence, a landmark in the history of European art. Paradoxically, his collaboration with Masaccio has obscured his own achievement. Vasari originated the idea that Masolino was the teacher of Masaccio, and he also attributed a number of Masolino’s works to an early phase of Masaccio’s. Not until the 20th century was the work of the two artists convincingly distinguished. Masolino’s most extensive independent fresco cycle in the Lombard town of Castiglione Olona (a work unknown to Vasari) was recovered in 1843, and a century later the fresco fragments and the sinopie of another, documented cycle were discovered in the church of S Stefano, Empoli. These have thrown further light on a career that remains enigmatic and subject to a variety of interpretations.


 
 

   


The Temptation
1426-27
Fresco
Cappella Brancacci, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence

 

 
 


 


Medallion
1426-27
Fresco
Cappella Brancacci, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence
 


 


Healing of the Cripple and Raising of Tabatha (left view)
1426-27
Fresco
Cappella Brancacci, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence


 


Healing of the Cripple and Raising of Tabatha (right view)
1426-27
Fresco
Cappella Brancacci, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence
 


 


St Peter Preaching
1426-27
Fresco
Cappella Brancacci, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence
 


 


Madonna of Humility
1430-35
Galleria Degli Uffizi


Madonna of Humility
1430-35
Galleria Degli Uffizi

 

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