Holy Trinity, Florence

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The Holy Trinity, with the Virgin and Saint John and donors is a fresco by the Early Italian Renaissance painter Masaccio. It is located in the Dominican church of Santa Maria Novella, in Florence.HistoryThe Trinity is thought to have been created by Masaccio sometime between 1425-1427. He died in late 1428 at the age of 26, or having just turned 27, leaving behind a relatively small body of work. This painting was one of his last major commissions, and is considered to be one of his masterpieces.LocationThe fresco is located along the middle of the basilica's left aisle. Although the configuration of this space has changed since the artwork was created, there are clear indications that the fresco was aligned very precisely in relationship with the sight-lines and perspective arrangement of the room at the time; particularly a former entrance-way facing the painting; in order to enhance the tromp l'oeil effect. There was also an altar, mounted as a shelf-ledge between the upper and lower sections of the fresco, further emphasizing the "reality" of the artiface.Commissioners and donorsNot much is known about the details of the commission; no contemporaneous documents naming the altar-piece's patron have been found. The two donor portraits included in the fresco, one figure kneeling on either side of the archway, have not been positively identified. The persons depicted are almost certainly contemporary Florentines; either the persons who funded the work, or relatives or close associates. According to the established conventions of such depictions, it is generally, but not universally, assumed that they were probably still alive at the time of the artwork's commissioning. Presumably, the representations in the painting serve as relatively accurate likenesses of their actual appearance at the time when their portraits were created.
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  • It is a Roman Catholic Church , located in front of Piazza Santa Trinita. Inside the church, one can see impressive frescoes. The Column of Justice stands nearby, is a free standing victory monument....  more »
  • This is a beautiful very old church with some great frescos. The most famous are probably in the Sassetti Chapel and were done by Domenico Ghirlandaio. We stopped by twice to walk slowly through...  more »
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  • Shockingly beautiful. I didn't expect to see such an incredible sight when I walked in based on the exterior. I also enjoyed learning about Queen Caroline Bonapart.
  • It's off the beaten path in Florence, I'd say. There are nearly no tourist inside and you actually get the feeling of worship when you enter. It's a lovely church, not as ornate as Novella or Croce, but it certainly has its charm. Personally, I had a wonderful and peaceful time there.

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