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Masolino da Panicale

Born Tommaso di Cristoforo Fini
c. 1383
Died c. 1447
Nationality Italian
Known for Painting, fresco
Notable work frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel
Movement Italian Renaissance
Patron(s) Pipo of Ozora
Cardinal Branda Castiglione

Masolino da Panicale (nickname of Tommaso di Cristoforo Fini; c. 1383 – c. 1447) was an Italian painter. His best known works are probably his collaborations with Masaccio: Madonna with Child and St. Anne (1424) and the frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel (1424–1428).


  • Biography 1
  • Summary of work 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Masolino ("Little Tom") was born in Panicale[1] He may have been an assistant to Ghiberti in Florence between 1403 and 1407.[2] In 1423, he joined the Florentine guild Arte dei Medici e Speziali (Doctors and Apothecaries), which included painters as an independent branch. He may have been the first artist to create of oil paintings in the 1420s, rather than Jan van Eyck in the 1430s, as was previously supposed.[3] He spent many years traveling, including a trip to Hungary from September 1425 to July 1427 under the patronage of Pipo of Ozora, a mercenary captain. He was selected by Pope Martin V (Oddone Colonna) on the return of the papacy to Rome in 1420 to paint the altarpiece for his family chapel in the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and later by Cardinal Branda Castiglione to paint the Saint Catherine Chapel in the Basilica di San Clemente, Rome. In the interim, he collaborated with his younger colleague, Masaccio, to paint the frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel in the Basilica of Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence, which were much admired by fellow artists throughout the fifteenth century. He painted a cycle of 300 famous historical figures in the Orsini Palace in Rome about 1433-4[4] and also worked in Todi. He spent his later years, after 1435, working for Cardinal Branda Castiglione in Castiglione Olona.[5]

Summary of work

Section includes external links to works of art.
Madonna and Child, Saint Anne and the Angels
The Annunciation, National Gallery of Art
Madonna dell'Umiltà c. 1423, Tempera on wood, Uffizi Florence

Complete works
In Florence:

  • Cappella Brancacci: cycle of frescoes in collaboration with Masaccio, 1424.
  • Madonna and Child, Saint Anne and the Angels, collaboration with Masaccio, tempera on wood, 1424, Uffizi, Florence.
  • Madonna dell'Umiltà, tempera on wood, 1430–35, Uffizi.

In Empoli:

  • Cristo in Pietà, detached fresco, 1424, Empoli, museum of the Collegiata di Sant'Andrea.
  • Saint Ivo and the Pupils, fresco, 1424, Empoli, Church of Saint Steven.
  • Virgin and Child, fresco, 1424, Empoli, Church of Saint Steven.

In Rome:

  • Fresco of the Life of St Catherine of Alexandria commissioned by Branda da Castiglione in the Basilica di San Clemente, Chapel of Sacrament, 1428.
  • Fresco of the Annunciation in the Basilica di San Clemente, Chapel of Sacrament, 1428.
  • Fresco of St Christopher in the Basilica di San Clemente, Chapel of Sacrament, 1428.
  • Death of the Virgin and Crucifixion, fresco, Pinacoteca Vaticana.

In Castiglione Olona, where his patron was Branda da Castiglione:

In Naples:

In France:

In Germany:

In the United States:

  • The Annunciation (1425–1430) oil and tempera on wood 148 x 115 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • The Archangel Gabriel and The Virgin Annunciate, both ca. 1430, tempera (?) on panel, National Gallery of Art.

Dispersed pieces of works

  • Lateral panels of an altarpiece with The Ascension at the center, from Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, ca. 1427-28, started by Masaccio and completed by Masolino after his death: Saints John the Evangelist(?) and Martin of Tours, Saints Paul and Peter, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Pope Gregory the Great (?) and Saint Matthias, National Gallery, London; The Ascension National Museum and Gallery of Capodimonte, Naples.


  1. ^ a b His birthplace is unresolved. Into question come Panicale in Val d'Elsa (vgl. Vasari, Enciclopedie on line, Catholic Encyclopedia and or Panicale ai Renacci near San Giovanni Valdarno (see Masolino da Panicale. In: Ulrich Thieme, Felix Becker etc.: Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. Band 24, E. A. Seemann, Leipzig 1930, pages 210–211, National Gallery of Art) and
  2. ^ "Masolino da Panicale (1383 - 1447)". Alte Pinakothek. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  3. ^ "Darkness and Depth in Early Renaissance Painting" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  4. ^ Mode, Robert L. (1972). "Masolino, Uccello and the Orsini 'Uomini Famosi'". The Burlington Magazine. pp. 368–378. 
  5. ^ Hartt, Frederick; Wilkins, David G. (1994). History of Italian Renaissance art: painting, sculpture, architecture. London: Thames and Hudson.  

External links

  • Masolino da Panicale at Panopticon Virtual Art Gallery
  • Masolino da Panicale on Artcyclopedia
  •  "Masolino da Panicale".  
  • "Masolino da Panicale (1383 - 1447)".  
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