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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Annunciation
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome


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


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


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


Annunciation
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome


Assumption
1489-91
Fresco
Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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



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