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Santa Maria del Carmine
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Owner description: An elegant church decorated by Masaccio's famous frescoes on the life of St. Peter.
Reviewed January 28, 2010

The whole Oltrarno district has many hidden gems and this is maybe the most important. When you look it from outside you are not impressed, when I visited it the facade was covered of building ladders and rugs. However inside the church is full of splendid barock decoration, one of the rare in Florence. But the real reason not to miss it is the famous capella Barancacci which is painted by Masaccio, the first real reneicance painter. The painted walls are represented stories from the life of St.Peter with vary realistic and well balanced way. During the time of the work Masaccio dyed very young and the chapel was finished by his fellow painters F. Lippi and Masolino. Notice the picture were the saint is siting on a throne and a multitude of people is standing next to him: one of them is Masaccio who painted himself touching the saint's clothes. Unfortunately this detail was very bold according to the morals of the time and Lippi was forced to paint the touching hand off... (you can slightly see the sign of the hand, if you look carefully)
You can visit the chapel with the entire ticket of the Palazzo Veccio.

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Reviewed March 5, 2009

the church is hidden in a quiet square about 5 minute walk from piazza santo spirito on the south of the arno. it is away from the usual tourist trail and the area itself is the real florence and worth a morning of wondering around.
the facade is dull and uninspiring as is the side entrance. when you enter the church you are totally surprised by the ornate baroque architecture of the central nave.
but at the side the stunning fresco's of masaccio, vibrant and inspiring! take time to breath in the quite atmosphere- it is a must see!

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Reviewed November 28, 2004

The walls of the Brancacci Chapel at Santa Maria Carmine are full of colorful frescoes--some of the best examples of Renansaince art anywhere. Completed by Flilippino Lippi in the 15th Century, they are universally known as masterpieces. Restored to their original brillance in 1980, they took my breath away. The emotions on each face, the details, the colors - this must be experienced in person. Enjoy!

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