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This 2nd-century church is found in the Oltrarno. It was completely destroyed by fire, and rebuilt in the 18th Century by ... More
Santa Maria del Carmine
This 2nd-century church is found in the Oltrarno. It was completely destroyed by fire, and rebuilt in the 18th Century by Ruggieri and then Mannaioni. The Brancacci Chapel is the most precious part remaining from the fire. It was frescoed by Masolino and Masaccio beginning in 1424 and was finished by Filippino Lippi after 1480. Inside, two particular scenes frescoed by Masaccio stand out: 'The payment of tribute' and the 'Purge from Paradise'. These constitute an example imitated throughout the Renaissance, especially in the ways in which naked bodies were studied at close quarters, both in their proportions and in their volumes. The chapel has a separate entrance where a minimal fee is applicable.
The Brancacci chapel in s. maria del Carmine is one of those rare places left in Italy where you can view great art in its original location. The great fresco work of Masaccio has been beautifully restored and should not be missed on a trip to Florence.
I stumbled onto this church by accident while trying to take a photo of a "duomo" not on the tourist maps. This church is on the "other" side of the river and there was virtually no one there. I did a rosary and 2 people walked through during that time. The frescos were outstanding. I did not take the tour due to a luncheon engagement but will spend more time there soon. Compare this to the other Florence (Firence) Tourist spots with lines to wait for other lines, street vendors, crowds. Trust me, this is why you came to Italy in the first place.
The frescos in Santa Maria del Carmine are breathtaking because they are the works of the great Italian Renaissance masters, Masaccio, Masolino and Lippi. The Branccaci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine is where Masaccio painted his Tribute Money. It may not be as well known to the general public as DaVinci's Last Supper or Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, but it is a Renaissance masterpiece that should not be missed.
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