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Friday, June 27, 2014

Sassetta


The Meeting of Saint Anthony and Saint Paul
c.1440
46.5 x 33.4 cm
tempera on panel
National Gallery of Art, Washigton DC, USA

Sassetta chose to ignore the recently discovered laws of perspective and methods of rendering form realistically. In this picture, he has reverted to the medieval book illustrators' technique of showing consecutive events simultaneously on a single panel and representing early Christian legends in contemporary settings.

Stefano di Giovanni di Consolo, known as il Sassetta (c.1392-c.1451) was an Italian painter who is considered one of the most important representatives of the early 15th century Sienese painters.
Many consider Sassetta's fusing of traditional and contemporary elements as integral to the move from the Gothic to the Renaissance style of painting in Siena. He mingles an innate conservatism, especially in his architectural structures, with a delight in the svelte forms of International Gothic figure design, and in the clarity and unity of Renaissance pictorial space.
Sassetta was a fiercely pious man, and the meaning of his nickname Sassetta is obscure.