Italian Renaissance Painters: Masaccio is a short story about the life of Tommaso di Ser Giovanni di Simone (1401 -1428), a great artist among many who contributed to the Italian Renaissance. During his short life he acquired the name Masaccio, a humorous version of Maso (short for Tommaso), meaning “clumsy” or “messy” Tom. He is best known for his skill at painting lifelike figures and, although his career was brief, he had a deep influence on other artists of the period.
This account is part of a larger collection of stories by Amy Steedman called The Knights of Art, which itself is based on an earlier work by Giorgio Vasari titled The Lives of the Painters.
The story about Masaccio has been edited for the classroom and includes interesting anecdotes that bring this Italian Renaissance painter to life, along with an example of one of the works for which he is famous.
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