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Saints Paul and Peter, c. 1427-1428

About the Artwork

Florentine artists Masaccio and Masolino’s collaboration on an altarpiece for the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome was part of the renovations of religious sites following Martin V’s election as pope in 1417, which ended a schism in the Roman Catholic Church and finally returned the papacy to Rome. Masaccio designed this panel of the double-sided altarpiece, but following his untimely death at the age of twenty-seven, Masolino finished it. Although he reversed the positions of the two saints, Masolino preserved as much of Masaccio’s painting as possible, particularly in the figures’ hands and feet. More than a century later, Michelangelo spoke of his admiration for this early Renaissance masterpiece. Carl Brandon Strehlke, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2014, pp. 92–93.

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