LIPPI, Filippino
(b. ca. 1457, Prato, d. 1504, Firenze)

Disputation with Simon Magus and Crucifixion of Peter (left view)

Cappella Brancacci, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence

This fresco depicts the two last episodes from the story of the life of Peter: to the right we see him, with St Paul, in his dispute with Simon Magus in front of the Emperor; to the left, his Crucifixion.

This is the left side of the fresco showing the crucifixion. Among the portraits Filippino has included in his fresco, the most interesting are the following: a selfportrait (the first figure to the left, looking towards the spectator); the first man to the right of the three men standing between St Peter and Nero is Antonio del Pollaiolo, while the one to the left is probably Raggio, a merchant's broker mentioned by Vasari, and not Botticelli as had been suggested previously; whereas in the group of three to the right in the Crucifixion of Peter, the man looking towards the audience is probably Botticelli.