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The Virgin and Child
Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

The Virgin and Child 1426

Masaccio (1401–1428)

The National Gallery, London

The Early Renaissance usually refers to the period of art in Tuscany, Italy, in the fifteenth century when the characteristics of Renaissance art first appeared. These included increased naturalism and solidity of forms, the discovery of linear perspective and the use of oil paints. Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Piero della Francesca, Andrea Mantegna and Sandro Botticelli are among its many masters.

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