Discussion Topic: Response to Masaccio’s Illusionism

Masaccio introduced a new element to the world of art by mastering linear perspective. One can imagine that viewers newly exposed to this new technique were taken aback as it transformed their prior understanding of conceptual spacing visually. There was a lot of focus on detail in renaissance art and this surely contributes as an example of detail. This added sense of depth created the illusion that the painting was three dimensional. Using linear perspective also improves proportions in which objects are painted providing a more naturalistic feel. Subsequently, I believe this added more meaning to the Holy Trinity painting being that its multidimensional appearance made it more realistic to it’s viewers.

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