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, fresco by Masaccio in the Brancacci Chapel.
The Brancacci Chapel
, "Cappella dei Brancacci") is a chapel
in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine
, central Italy
. It is sometimes called the "Sistine Chapel
of the early Renaissance
" for its painting cycle, among the most famous and influential of the period. Construction of the chapel was commissioned by Felice Brancacci
and begun in 1386. Public access is currently gained via the neighbouring convent, designed by Brunelleschi
. The church and the chapel are treated as separate places to visit and as such have different opening times and it is quite difficult to see the rest of the church from the chapel.
The patron of the pictorial decoration was Felice Brancacci
, descendant of Pietro, who had served as the Florentine ambassador to Cairo
until 1423. Upon his return to Florence, he hired Masolino da Panicale
to paint his chapel. Masolino's associate, 21-year-old Masaccio
, 18 years younger than Masolino, assisted, but during painting Masolino left to Hungary, where he was painter to the king, and the commission was given to Masaccio. By the time Masolino returned he was learning from his talented former student. However, Masaccio was called to Rome
before he could finish the chapel, and died in Rome at the age of 27. Portions of the chapel were completed later by Filippino Lippi
. Unfortunately during the Baroque
period some of the paintings were seen as unfashionable and a tomb was placed in front of them. Read more...