Adam And Eve Vs Masaccio

761 Words4 Pages
Masaccio is a celebrated leading painter of the Italian Renaissance. The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden is one of his frescos, painted around 1424-27. The fresco rest on the walls of the Florentine Brancacci Chapel. It documents how Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden. Similar to Masaccio’s Expulsion from the Garden of Eden; Masolino 's magnificent Renaissance fresco, Temptation of Adam and Eve, is also found in the Brancacci Chapel of the Santa Maria del Carmine Church. Both frescos are the most representative pieces of Adam and Eve, but Masaccio’s touches of working on shadow, composition, expressions, color and symbols made his Expulsion from the Garden of Eden more unique at that time. Masaccio also was a sculptor, so his vision of seeing shadow was definitely benefited from the observation of sculptures. According to The Brancacci Chapel and Masolino, Masaccio, and Filippino Lipp, Austen Henry Layard wrote, “Masaccio was born in the castellated town of S. Giovanni… The works of Fra Filippo Lippiand and Donatello were the…show more content…
The use of symbolism is apparent in both frescoes. In Masaccio 's piece, Adam and Eve 's banishment from the garden mirrors the drifting of humanity away from God on committal of the original sin. Even though the angel is holding a sword, but the red robe and open hangs show mercy. “But the angel above them, is warm, like fire, and perhaps in the arch formed by the angel’s arms over Adam and Eve there is a hint of God 's subsequent redemption of man” Jules Lubbock wrote. Where Masolino is subtle, Masaccio is intense in conjuring up emotions and naturalistic reaction. Characters in the fresco of The Expulsion from Paradise attains a style that is human in conveying intense and tragic feelings against Masolino’s courtly and elegant nude figures. Masaccio defies the artistic traditions of the day and produces works that are natural, sensual and real by showing the detail of figure, expression, shadow and fascinating
Open Document