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Masaccio, who painted this fresco, was born into a family of cabinetmakers in a small town in Arezzo in 1401 and was accepted into the Florentine master painters' guild as an independent master in 1422 - he obviously had already a unique talent. He joined forces with Masolino, who took him to Rome where they became known as a "duo preciso e noto" and were hired by Felice Brancacci to paint scenes from the life of St. Peter in his chapel. Masolino left for Hungary in 1425 and Masaccio was given the commission.
Masaccio began this fresco, "Raising of the Son of Theophilus," in 1427, in the Brancacci chapel of Santa Maria del Carmine. For whatever reason, he left it unfinished and went to Rome where he died the following year at age 27. "Finished" by Filippino Lippi, this section shows no sign of Lippi's style. The solidly modeled, realistic figures were a strong influence on Michelangelo, who copied these works as part of his training. But the gift for incisive portraiture is Masaccio's own - the gallery of personalities here, who react (or not!) to a miraculous healing, is unforgettable. Masaccio's Brancacci Chapel is the oft-forgotten link between Giotto and the high Renaissance of the Sistine Chapel.

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Viewed: 1932
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