Frescoes in the Carafa Chapel of S. Maria sopra Minerva in Rome
by Filippino LIPPI

Filippino Lippi began work in 1489 in the Carafa Chapel, dedicated to the Virgin of Annunciation and to St Thomas Aquinas, of the Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome. This was the funerary chapel of the Neapolitan Cardinal Oliviero Carafa, an energetic opponent of the Turks: in 1472 he had commanded the papal fleet in battle against the Turks.

The decoration has three main themes: Carafa, as prince of the church, Carafa as protector of the Dominican Order (he claimed to be descended from St Dominic's family), and a celebration of his qualities. On the vault are Medici emblems and those of the Carafa, symbolizing the close relationship between the two families. On the right hand wall are scenes from the life of St Thomas Aquinas. The altar wall has an Assumption and the central part of the wall an Annunciation and Aquinas presenting Cardinal Carafa to the Virgin. According to Vasari, the left wall was originally painted with a battle of virtues and vices. However, it was reworked in 1559 by Pirro Ligorio, when the monument to Pope Paul IV, nephew of Cardinal Oliviero, was constructed.

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View of the Carafa Chapel
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

900*1217
True Color
224 Kb



View of the Carafa Chapel
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

1000*1343
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176 Kb



Carafa Chapel
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

700*1248
True Color
226 Kb



Triumph of St Thomas Aquinas over the Heretics
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

969*770
True Color
192 Kb



Triumph of St Thomas Aquinas over the Heretics (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

900*1090
True Color
190 Kb



Triumph of St Thomas Aquinas over the Heretics (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

860*1100
True Color
196 Kb



Triumph of St Thomas Aquinas over the Heretics (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

902*628
True Color
116 Kb



Triumph of St Thomas Aquinas over the Heretics (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

900*1083
True Color
175 Kb



Triumph of St Thomas Aquinas over the Heretics (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

1078*750
True Color
160 Kb



Triumph of St Thomas Aquinas over the Heretics (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

1000*1276
True Color
209 Kb



Annunciation
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

900*1081
True Color
156 Kb



Annunciation (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

876*1200
True Color
205 Kb



Annunciation (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

900*1187
True Color
186 Kb



Altar wall of the Carafa Chapel
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

900*1153
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224 Kb



Annunciation
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

720*1034
True Color
179 Kb



Assumption
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

1092*770
True Color
205 Kb



Assumption (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

650*1161
True Color
190 Kb



Assumption (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

900*1088
True Color
211 Kb



Assumption and Annunciation (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

607*875
True Color
105 Kb



Assumption (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

800*1125
True Color
195 Kb



Assumption (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

800*1017
True Color
194 Kb



Assumption (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

852*1030
True Color
214 Kb



Assumption and Annunciation (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

701*1002
True Color
128 Kb



Right wall of the Carafa Chapel
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

900*1087
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221 Kb



Miracle of St Thomas Aquinas
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

864*608
True Color
108 Kb



Scene from the Life of St Thomas Aquinas (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

1024*709
True Color
115 Kb



Scene from the Life of St Thomas Aquinas (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

1020*714
True Color
128 Kb



Scene from the Life of St Thomas Aquinas (detail)
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

702*1018
True Color
125 Kb



The Ceiling of the Carafa Chapel
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

800*1019
True Color
207 Kb



The Delphic Sibyl
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

1077*900
True Color
210 Kb



The Cumean Sibyl
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

1025*700
True Color
146 Kb




Summary of works by Filippino Lippi
Paintings
before 1485 | from 1486
Fresco cycles
Brancacci Chapel | Carafa Chapel | Strozzi Chapel