(b. 1394, Siena, d. 1450, Siena)

The Meeting of St. Anthony and St. Paul

about 1440
National Gallery of Art, Washington

A charming storyteller, Sassetta chose to ignore the recently-discovered laws of perspective and methods of rendering form realistically. In this picture, part of a series painted about 1440, he has reverted to the medieval book illustrators' technique of showing consecutive events simultaneously and representing early Christian legends in contemporary settings.

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