The Holy Trinity with the Virgin, St. John, and Two Donors

The Holy Trinity with the Virgin, St. John, and Two Donors

Artist Masaccio

Date 1425

Movement Italian Renaissance

Medium Fresco, detached from wall

Dimensions 21’10.5 x 10’4.75”

Provenance Santa Maria Novella, Florence

 

This massive fresco was likely commissioned by the Lenzi family to be placed above their funerary slab at the Santa Maria Novella. Above a skeleton reads, in Italian: “What I once was, you are; what I am, you will become.” Masaccio employs Brunelleschian architecture to create a mock chapel, complete with a deep space underneath a barrel vault. Colors help to balance the composition—note the reds and blues that are ultimately unified in the robes of God the Father. The Holy Trinity is symbolized in not only in Christ, the Dove, and God the Father, but also in the triangular form which all the figures help to establish.