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

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

Fresco, 230 x 598 cm
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 right side of the fresco showing the disputation. 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.