Hall 7 – Gentile da Fabriano


The works of art displayed in Room 7 were some of the most important masterpieces of the Early Renaissance. The room was renovated and reopened in Spring 2015 and is now dedicated to Gentile da Fabriano, another artist from the International Gothic period.

As the works that were here have yet to find a new location, this page is being updated but for now this is what used to be in the room before:

We’re far away from the Gothic style and the new figurative revolution has been accomplished.

Perspective, scientific study of the anatomy and the light, focus on the antiquity and attention to the inner life of man, are all important characteristics of the Renaissance art.

One of the earliest work of this period is the beautiful Saint Anne “Metterza” (c. 1424) by Masaccio and Masolino, where the imposing Virgin’s and Child’s bodies remind us of ancient Roman statues. Also beautiful and sweet is the Pontassieve Madonna (1435) by Beato Angelico.

Other astonishing works of art are the Santa Lucia dei Magnoli Altar Piece (c. 1440) by Domenico Veneziano and the Battle of San Romano (c. 1438) by Paolo Uccello, both focused on the careful study of the light and the space.

In all these masterpieces, the space is scientifically defined and is dominated by man. Anatomical proportions are studied and the depiction of the human body is now realistic. Light and shade effects outline body volumes and the surrounding space. A veritable revolution.

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