Masaccio, The Tribute Money

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Despite his tragically short career—he died in 1428 at age 27— Masaccio would have a lasting influence on Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling and the development of Leonardo’s portraiture.

The imitation of nature by virtue of observation and science—that is what Leonardo detected in the art of Masaccio, and that is what had guided the development of his own art ever since.


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