Video, Vocabulary, Discussion, about Massaccio

Explain what kinds of perspectives are being used in the image.
Don’t just list them but explain what they are and where they are used.

  1. linear perspective
  2. atmospheric perspective
  3. aerial perspective
  4. sfumato
  5. chiaroscuro
  6. neoplatonic
  7. humanistic
  8. theological
  9. classical

1 comment:

  1. All of the architecture in this fresco is made with linear perspective. The vanishing point in this work is right behind Christ's head on the horizon line. Massaccio puts the vanishing point behind Jesus' head so that all the lines point toward him and the viewers eye is drawn to him.

    Atmospheric perspective, aerial perspective, and sfumato are all words for creating depth by gradually adding blue, fuzzing the lines, and leaving out detail in the background. The mountains in the background have this effect. The closer one's show houses and trees while the farthest back don't have that detail.

    Chiarosuro means the use of light and dark to create volume. Massaccio uses this effectively by defining a light source in the viewers upper right hand corner. The light and shadow on the drapery, faces, and architecture give a realistic feeling.

    I really don't understand what a neoplatonic perspective is or how it is used. Showing Jesus on a human scale in a realistic landscape gives the work humanistic perspective. While Christ is given importance in the composition by being centered with the vanishing point behind him, he is not huge, or entirely surrounded by a disk of light as in other earlier works. He looks like a person that people could relate to and imagine themselves as part of the scene.

    -Aurora Morris