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Masolino da Panicale

Early Renaissance Master

Adam and Eve, Cappella Brancacci

Masolino (c. 1383-1447) ‘little or delicate Tom’ was from Panicale in Umbria, trained with Ghiberti and perhaps also deserves some of the credit, along with Masaccio, for the new advances in art at the Cappella Brancacci (Santa Maria del Carmine); art historians dispute endlessly how to attribute the frescoes, although the figures of Adam and Eve tempted by a blonde Satan snake are said to be his.

What makes it hard to tell is that this brilliant painter left little other work behind to prove his case (in Florence, seek him out in the Uffizi(Madonna dell'Umiltà and Sant'Anna Metterza, a collaboration with Masaccio) and sections of his long lost Carnesecchi Triptych (stolen in 1923 the Museo Diocesano di Santo Stefano al Ponte and the Museo Horne.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by PD Art