Analysis Of Masaccio's "The Holy Trinity" And "Grunewald's "The Isenheim Altarpiece"

Analysis of Masaccio's "The Holy Trinity" and "Grunewald's "The Isenheim
The Holy Trinity by Masaccio was done in approximately 1428. It is a superb
example of Masaccio's use of space and perspective. It consists of two
levels of unequal height. Christ is represented on the top half, in a
covered, barrel-vaulted chapel. On one side of him is the Virgin Mary, and
on the other, St. John. God the Father supports Christ himself, and the
Dove of the Holy Spirit rests on Christ's halo. In front of the pilasters
that enframe the chapel kneel the donors (husband and wife). Underneath the
altar (a masonry insert in the painted composition) is a tomb. Inside the
tomb is a skeleton, which may ...

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steps in the development of illusionistic painting.
Illusionistic painting fascinated many artists of the Renaissance and
Baroque periods.

The proportions in this painting are so numerically exact that one can
actually calculate the numerical dimensions of the chapel in the background.
The span of the painted vault is seven feet, and the depth is nine feet.
"Thus, he achieves not only successful illusion, but a rational, metrical
coherence that, by maintaining the mathematical proportions of the surface
design, is responsible for the unity and harmony of this monumental
composition." The Holy Trinity sums up two principal interests: Realism
based on observation, and the application of mathematics to pictorial
organization (ref 2).

All of the figures are fully clothed, except for that of Christ himself. He
is, however, wearing a robe around his waist. The figure is "real"; in that
it is a good example of a human body. The rest of the figures, who are
clothed, are wearing robes. ...

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