The Fifth Face

Who killed Masaccio? This outstanding enigma puzzled the history of art throughout the centuries. Everything started after Giorgio Vasari quote about the poisoning of Masaccio in Rome. Despite his sudden death, Masaccio was the first painter to introduce the architectural perspective inside the paintings and the first to open up a new artistic door: the Renaissance.

Publisher: Lorenzo de’ Medici Press




Fort he first time, this novel, recollects several clues hidden in the Masaccio’s frescos inside the Cappella Barncacci in Florence. Movng from these clues, Guarducci narrates the first steps of work by Filippini Lippi, aiming to complete the unfinished frescoes of Masaccio. Whrn Lippi dicovers some oddities in the frescoes, he decides to talk with Masaccio’s brother, Giovanni a.k.a. Lo Scheggia. Giovanni tells to Lippi the whole life’s history of Masaccio and all the unkown details about his tragical death. Only at the end – at last – they (with us) understand the name of the killer. Inside the novel, all the data and every single character (Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masolino da Panicale…) are strictly historical and demonstrate and amazing solution about one of the most important enigma in the art history.



About the author

Fabrizio Guarducci was trained in the social and human concepts of Giorgio La Pira. After having taken part in the Underground movement at the end of the 1960s in the United States and having encountered Guy Debord in France, he became a convinced member od Situationism. He founded the Department of Cultural Anthropology at the International Institute Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence. He has taught Mysticism, Aesthetics and Thanalogy, dedicating himself to the research of languages as tools to improve individual interiority and positively transform the reality around us.



Publisher: Lorenzo de’ Medici Press, Florence.

Additional information

Weight 330 g
Dimensions 15 × 21 × 1.7 cm