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Review of Cappella Brancacci

Cappella Brancacci
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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
Reviewed 13 January 2014

This was rather underwhelming after visiting the Vatican City two days earlier. They charge €6! Just to see the inside of the chapel and everything is fenced off. Honestly don't understand why you have to pay for this.

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Reviewed 26 December 2013

You must rent the video guide at the ticket office. The guide was installed in an Ipod, with very professional explanations and enlarged details of the paintings. If you are a foreigner with limited understanding of Masaccio or renaissance paintings, this guide is a must-have. I’ve visited many museums in the world, and I think this video guide is the best I’ve ever seen.

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Reviewed 22 December 2013

this chapel has absolutely wonderful frescoes by Masaccchio and Masolino including the Expulsion from the Garden. Really beautiful!

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Reviewed 4 November 2013

The chapel is inside the church of Santa Maria del Carminein the Oltrarno district of Florence. It is small and at busy times a reservation would be essential. The frescoes depict the life of St Peter and were restored in the 1980s, so are in superb condition. They were painted by three artists, firstly by Masaccio and Masolino working together during the 1420s, then completed sixty years later by Filippino Lippi. I would recommend taking a detailed guidebook, or the audio guide to really understand the frescoes in detail. They are simply fascinating, with portraits of all three artists within the various panels and background scenes portraying Florentine architecture and costume of the period. Many people will recognise one of the frescoes, a famous image of the Expulsion from Paradise by Masaccio. The Brancacci Chapel was truly one of the highlights of our visit to Florence.

Thank Kim S
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

After David, my favorite spot in Florence, to which I always return, is the Brancacci Chapel, located in Oltrarno and away from a lot of the hordes of tourists. You have to have reservations and can only pay cash (6 Eu) but that means that you are seeing the stunning frescos of the chapel without huge crowds as the flow is controlled. For 1Eu you can get a mini-tablet visual and audio guide which is excellent but the best thing is to simply soak them up in what is a very serene atmosphere. Massochio did the bulk of the panels, working with his boss/mentor Masolino, but advancing art with his approach to perspective; later the remaining panels were done by Filippo Lippi. Remarkable are the faces surrounding these lessons about St. Peter--you go out into Oltrarno or to the theater or the restaurants and see similar features today. Also remarkable are the backgrounds of Florence architecture of the time. Colors are brilliant. Go on a day that the church, Santa Maria del Carmine, is open and visit it as well as it is a lovely, lofty space. You will simply feel better after aborbing the serenity of the church with its trompe l'oeil architectural details and flood of light.

Thank CarolinaBecky
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