A Mathematical Analysis of Masaccio’s Trinity

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8222)


The florentine Tommaso Cassai (1401-c.1427) better known as Masaccio, has been hailed as the first great painter of the Italian Renaissance and his fresco Trinity (c.1425, Santa Maria Novella, Florence) as the first work of Western art that used full perspective. It appears that the author was inspired and actually helped by his friend Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446), the celebrated architect of the cupola of Il Duomo di Firenzi (the cathedral of S. Maria del Fiore in Florence). It is less well-known that Brunelleschi was a pioneer in perspective and that he devised a method for representing objects in depth on a flat surface by using a single vanishing point.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université de MontréalCanada

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