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Cappella Brancacci

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Address: Piazza del Carmine | Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine, 50124, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 00390552382195
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

The church and convent of the Carmine in Florence were founded shortly...

The church and convent of the Carmine in Florence were founded shortly after the middle of the thirteenth century, by a group of Carmelite monks from Pisa. In the church we find the Brancacci Chapel, a masterpiece known around the world for its frescoes of the Life of Saint Peter by Masaccio and Masolino. Created between 1425-1427, the frescoes were left incomplete and finished by Filippino Lippi between 1481 and 1482

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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... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This little church is not one of the main tourist areas and so you can visit and really take your time to admire the architecture, the artworks and feel of this place is well worth the visit.

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Bangor, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a hidden gem in Florence across the Arno -- no tourists! Go Go Go . Its amazing frescos are stunning and in amazing preservation

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I discovered on Monday afternoon, just before the Brancacci Chapel was due to close, that it did not open on Tuesdays - the last day of our trip. With incredible haste, I hightailed it over to Santa Maria del Carmine, which is quite a distance from the centre of Florence on the opposite bank of the river. I arrived at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This small church is just off the beaten path of the tourist district in the left bank of Florence. It was commissioned in 1423 and contains frescoes by Masaccio and Masolino in 1423. They have been recently restored and are a beautiful example of excellent pre-Renaissance art. Masaccio's "Expulsion from the Garden of Eden" is one of the finest pieces... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Must see place for all church lovers. To enjoy the atmosphere, better be sure that no big tourist groups are expected there before you're coming.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

This is a very beautiful church. And while you do need a reservation and a ticket, it is not very crowded. There was a small school group there at our time, but otherwise I think the place would have been empty. The Massacio frescoes are so nice to see, and the other works in the church are wonderful, too. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

This chapel is on the "other" side of the Arno River and takes a map to find it easily. It is an essential pinnacle of early Renaissance painting by the great Massacio and his friend or teacher Masolino. It was later finished by Fra Filippino Lippi, but the styles are fairly uniform and Massacio's great, down-to-earth and dramatic style is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

It's a little hard to find, but well worth the search. The story told by the images is powerful and beautifully executed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

This is where the Renaissance began. It's fascinating to see the work of the different artists. Read a good description before you go or better yet hire a good art historian-guide. You won't regret it.

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