Basilica di Santa Maria del Carmine
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Cappella Brancacci information
Fire in the 18th century all but destroyed 13th-century Basilica di Santa Maria del Carmine , but fortunately it spared the magnificent frescoes in its Cappella Brancacci, to the right of the church entrance. Visits are by guided tour (20 minutes, every 20 minutes) and advance reservations are recommended in season given only 30 people at a time are allowed in.
This chapel is a treasure of paintings by Masolino da Panicale, Masaccio and Filippino Lippi. Masaccio's fresco cycle illustrating the life of St Peter is considered among his greatest works, representing a definitive break with Gothic art and a plunge into new worlds of expression in the early stages of the Renaissance. The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise and The Tribute Money , both on the left side of the chapel, are his best-known works. Masaccio painted these frescoes in his early twenties, taking over from Masolino, and interrupted the task to go to Rome, where he died, aged only 27. The cycle was completed some 60 years later by Filippino Lippi. Masaccio himself features in his St Peter Enthroned ; he's the one standing beside the Apostle, staring out at the viewer. The figures around him have been identified as Brunelleschi, Masolino and Alberti. Filippino Lippi also painted himself into the scene of St Peter's Crucifixion , along with his teacher, Botticelli.