In a Sassetta
panel depicting Saint Augustine, a pinnacle from the Borgo Sansepolcro altarpiece (1444), the viewer's eyes are drawn to the prominent stack of three volumes that this father of the church, too, is contemplating (Fig.
Works by notable artists such as Duccio, Lipo Vanni, Spinello Aretino, Sassetta
, Domenico Beccafumi, and Jacopo Bassano originating from Italian cities including Assisi, Siena, Florence, Naples, Bologna, and Venice were featured.
Masters of the quattrocento such as Sassetta
had squared dynamic plot with static image, but only by a process of implausible superimposition, as when, in The Meeting of St Anthony and St Paul, the same character figures three times over within the frame.
 Later, with the publication of the Little Flowers, other narrative images appeared, particularly the story of the wolf at Grubbio or meeting Lady Poverty on the road (Sassetta
To ask for more seems greedy, but one regrets the absence of some of the finest Tuscan pictures and those from its associated gallery, the Esztergom Christian Museum (Esztergom is the seat of the Archbishops of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary); in particular what may be its supreme work, Sassetta
's predella picture, St Thomas Aquinas in Prayer, last seen outside Hungary in 1988 at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
THOUGH MATTHEW'S GOSPEL (2:1-12) does not mention a number, in The Journey of the Magi Sassetta
depicts three haloed pilgrims.
Machtelt Israels's "Absence and Resemblance: Early Images of Bernardino da Siena and the Issue of Portraiture (With a New Proposal for Sassetta
)" is a study in visual propaganda.
Two of Angelico's masterpieces, an Annunciation, and Madonna with Child and Saints, can be seen at Museo Diocesano on Piazza del Duomo, also home to works by Sassetta
That earlier film complements Salzburg's Heckentheater as an emblem of cinema's perspectival depth and representation of the natural world with lovingly recorded details from two Roman churches built by Borromini, and pairs a tailor's hand sewing a buttonhole on a white shirt with Il Sassetta
's panel painting of Saint Martin of Tours ripping his cloak to clothe a beggar.
Author of seven novels and a collection of short fiction, Martin was inspirited to write her biography, as she writes in her introduction, by the great fresco cycles that depict the life of Francis--the multihued compositions of the great Renaissance artists, Cimabue, Giotto, Sassetta
, Bellini, Gozzoli.