The innovations of the early 15th century Italian artist Masaccio laid the foundation for Renaissance painting. Masaccio was the first artist of his time to incorporate linear perspective and realism into painting. His application of these important techniques was a model for later artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci on how to accurately reflect the human role in the world. Masaccio served as the artistic bridge between the Middle Ages, where God was viewed as the only creator, to the Renaissance, where individual genius and human creations were highly valued. As a period centered on the study and revival of antiquity, no exhibit of Renaissance art would be complete without the inclusion of the very painter who was deemed its “founding father.” As you will see from this website, I have exhaustively studied Masaccio’s art and his influence on painters that followed, and both Masaccio and I, as exhibit designer, are qualified to participate in the MET’s important exhibit.