MASACCIO and BRUNELLESCHI PERSPECTIVE
Univeristy of Florence, Italy, 2001

This research is about the 1427 "Holy Trinity" painting by Masaccio and Brunelleschi in the church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. The digital 3D and 4D reconstruction was the only way to verify if the hypothesis for the design method was true. The wireframe model was superposed on the image of the painting and coincided perfectly, which proved the accuracy of the spatial hypothesis. The architecture of the painting was inspired by the roman triumph arches, thus the renaissance space was painted before it was built. It had a profound influence on other artists and architects.

This painting has a historical importance, as it was the first time when Linear perspective was used on a painting, employing the technique of vanishing point in art for the first time. Brunelleschi traced the construction lines of the chapel and afterwards Masaccio painted it with a fresco technique in 27 days. Today, it's considered to be his masterwork because of the perspective, the painting technique, scale of the figures, and composition. The message of the painting "I once was what now you are and what I am, you shall yet be" is a reminder of our transitory time on earth. Unfortunately, it was one of the last frescos by Masaccio, completed just and year before his death at the age of 26.

INFO
Research and Exhibition, June 2001
Area: 1m2 drawings
University of Florence
Author: Ivan Shumkov
Published in: Convegno Internazionale AED, Disegnare il tempo e l'armonia, Il disegno di architettura osservando nell'universo, ed. Alinea, Florence, 2009, p.213