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The Brancacci Chapel

Famous for its celebrated frescoes by Masolino, Masaccio and Filippino Lippi

piazza del Carmine
Work on the decoration of the chapel, built prior to 1386 in the right-hand side of the transept of the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, was begun immediately after 1423 by Masaccio and Masolino, who painted frescoes depicting scenes from the Life of Saint Peter. These were completed around 1485 by Filippino Lippi. In the middle of the 15th century the chapel was dedicated to the Madonna of the People and an altarpiece, a Madonna and Child by an anonymous 12th-century Florentine painter, was housed there. The differences in style between the three artists are clearly evident in the frescoes: Masolino’s elegant figures, which are still an expression of late Gothic culture, contrast with the solidity and rigorous perspective of the scenes executed by Masaccio, while Filippino Lippi, who frescoed most of the right wall, painted figures and architectural features in keeping with the severity of Masaccio’s frescoes. A multimedia show entitled “Masaccio’s Eye” introduces visitors to the religious, artistic and social meanings of the masterpieces in the Brancacci Chapel. 

Cappella Brancacci                            
Piazza del Carmine - Tel. 055 2768224

For advanced reservations: Firenze Musei, Tel. 055 294883, costs € 3,00 per person (€ 4,00 per/for Galleria Uffizi or/and Accademia); School groups: Tel. 055  290112. On-line ticket sales: www.firenzemusei.it.

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