Frescoes in the Baroncelli Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence (c. 1330)
by Taddeo GADDI

The Baroncelli Chapel was added to the south end of the transept of the Santa Croce in the fourteenth century. It consists of two bays of considerable dimensions. The construction on the chapel began in February 1328 and the donors were five members of the Baroncelli family. The decoration of the chapel was executed by Taddeo Gaddi between 1328 and 1333. The chapel is consecrated to the Annunciation to the Virgin, and thus the pictorial program is devoted to the life of the Virgin.

The fresco cycle covers only the two walls of the front section of the space, beginning on the east wall with the Expulsion of Joachim from the Temple and Joachim's Dream. It is followed on the same wall by Joachim and Anne Meeting at the Golden Gate and the Birth, Presentation and Marriage of the Virgin. On the south wall are the Annunciation to the Virgin, the Visitation, the Annunciation to the Shepherds, the Birth of Christ, the Christ Child Appears to the Magi as a Star, and the Adoration of the Magi.

On the pilaster dividing the two parts of the room are Isaiah above and a youthful David as the conqueror of Goliath below. On the vault of the front section of the room are depictions of the four cardinal virtues, while on the rear section are the three theological virtues and Humilitas. The window jambs feature fifteen additional virtues, the stained glass window itself has St Francis Receives the Stigmata and the depictions of six other saints.

Of the many family chapels in Santa Croce from the early fourteenth century, none has retained as much of its original appearance as the Baroncelli Chapel.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 22 minutes):
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata, BWV 82


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View of the Baroncelli Chapel from the north
c. 1330
Fresco
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

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View of the Baroncelli Chapel from the north
c. 1330
Fresco
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

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View of the east wall of the Baroncelli Chapel
c. 1330
Fresco
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

1000*1279
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Life of the Virgin (detail)
c. 1330
Fresco
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

738*543
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Expulsion of Joachim from the Temple
c. 1330
Fresco
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

1000*1213
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Joachim and Anne Meeting at the Golden Gate
c. 1330
Fresco
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

1064*1000
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Presentation of the Virgin
c. 1330
Fresco
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

1018*1000
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Presentation of the Virgin
c. 1330
Drawing
Musée du Louvre, Paris

900*1140
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Marriage of the Virgin
c. 1330
Fresco
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

1019*1000
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Annunciation to the Shepherds
c. 1330
Fresco
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

1000*1510
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Adoration of the Magi
c. 1330
Fresco
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

924*1300
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219 Kb



David
c. 1330
Fresco
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

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Isaiah
c. 1330
Fresco
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

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Vault of the east bay
c. 1330
Fresco
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

850*1033
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Vault of the west bay
c. 1330
Fresco
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

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Stigmatization of St Francis
c. 1330
Stained glass window
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

944*514
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Paintings by Taddeo GADDI
Frescoes in the Baroncelli Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence (c. 1330)
Other frescoes in Santa Croce, Florence (c. 1360)
Panel paintings