Masaccio (1401-1428)


Detail of La distribuzione dei beni by Masaccio
Florence, church of Santa Maria del Carmine,
Brancacci chapel

One of my favorite paintings of all times. Posted in response to a post by maryt.


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I am an author of poetry and fiction, translator and painter who loves to have fun with borrowed feathers.
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8 Responses to Masaccio (1401-1428)

  1. suburbanlife says:

    This mother and child duo has wonderful sense of stability, but with an implication of movement about to come. It sure is less sentimental than most M&C compositions, probably because of the context the figures find themselves in. The “giornata” of part of the figure can be seen readily in this really good reproduction. What a massive undertaking the whole fresco must have been, and how beautifully fresh and evocative this M&C is.
    Thanks for posting this!

  2. Thanks so much for your very observant comment. Yes, this is not a sentimental m&c at all. Have you seen the whole fresco?

  3. maryt says:

    Glad you liked “my” mother and child. What a different effect of Masaccio’s mother and child…Her eyes are elsewhere, concerned about something happening “over there.” This is motherhood of the every day.

  4. jo says:

    who drew the picture?

  5. david portillo says:

    I was givin a painting of masaccio for a lady at a yard sale. I think it may be original but not sure I would like to find out more information. Please contact me soon by email or phone.
    phone: 480 273 9705 or 480 352 6453.
    Thanks. Just ask for DAVID

  6. As far as I know, Masaccio only did altarpieces and frescos. So the painting you were given at a yard sale, unless it came on a piece of altar wood or Florentine wall, is not likely to be an original.

  7. david portillo says:

    My picture is on alter wood if I’m not mastaking that what made me think it was an original

  8. You will have to contact an art expert about this.

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