Church of Santa Maria del Carmine and Brancacci Chapel : Michelin's recommendations
Commissioned by Felice Brancacci, Masolino started the work in 1424. It was continued by Masaccio until 1427 and completed by Filippino Lippi between 1481 and 1485. The chapel's fresco decoration depicts the life and downfall of St Peter. The Brancacci Chapel illustrates the evolution of the art of frescoes from its emergence from the Gothic style to its entry into the modernity of the Renaissance. The effect is particularly noticeable in the Adam and Eve frescoes opposite one another at the entrance. On the right side of the upper section, Masolino painted a pastoral scene with conventional, priestly figures; opposite, on the left-hand side, Masaccio depicted two poignant moving figures, crying out their despair and concealing their shame. The same contrast is evident in the comparison between the Payment of the Tax (Masaccio) opposite Peter curing the Lame Man and the Rraising of Tabitha (Masolino): in the first fresco, the attempt to render perspective is flatter and, in the second, it extends outwards from a focal point, making a clear distinction between the background and foreground. Lippi's work takes the use of perspective one step further using the play of light. Note, in the central panel of the lower, right-hand section, the self-portrait of Lippi, on the right of the Emperor, wearing a green turban; he has also depicted Pollaiolo facing him wearing a red turban and Botticelli (bare-headed, facing the front in the middle of a group of three young people to the right of the crucifixion scene).
Opening hours :
- 10am-5pm, Sun and Bank Hols 1pm-5pm - closed Tue, 1 and 7 Jan, Easter Sun, 1 May, 16 Jul, 15 Aug, 25 Dec
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