Masaccio was Florentine painter who is considered to be one of the pioneers of Renaissance art. Born in 1401, Masaccio's short career was marked by a series of groundbreaking works that helped to establish the principles of Renaissance art. His most famous work is the fresco cycle in the Brancacci Chapel in Florence, which depicts scenes from the life of St. Peter. The frescoes are notable for their use of perspective and their naturalistic style, which was a departure from the more stylized art of the Gothic tradition.