Frescoes in the Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella (1354-57)
by NARDO DI CIONE

The construction of the Dominican church of Santa Maria Novella began in 1246, and was essentially complete by the start of the fourteenth century. The Strozzi Chapel at the end of the left transept, initiated by the sons of Rosso di Gerio Strozzi (died in 1316), was added between 1340 and 1348. The Strozzi were one of the Florentine families that attained considerable wealth and influence through their trading and banking businesses beginning in the early fourteenth century.

The Strozzi Chapel contains one of the most important altarpieces of the Trecento, painted by Orcagna (Andrea di Cione) between 1354 and 1357. The frescoes in the chapel were probably painted at the same time as the retable by Nardo di Cione, the brother of Orcagna.

In nearly a complete departure from earlier family chapels, the fresco program is devoted almost exclusively to a depiction of the Last Judgment, which takes up all three walls. The pictorial program of the frescoes is articulated like a triptych, with the Last Judgment on the west wall as the core of the ensemble and Paradise on the south wall as the pendant to Hell on the north wall.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 8 minutes):
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem K 626: Dies irae


Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
View of the chapel from the east
1354-57
Fresco
Cappella Strozzi, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

900*1174
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230 Kb



View of the chapel from the east
1354-57
Fresco
Cappella Strozzi, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

1005*1334
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201 Kb



Last Judgment (west wall)
1354-57
Fresco
Cappella Strozzi, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

760*1200
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246 Kb



Last Judgment (detail of the blessed)
1354-57
Fresco
Cappella Strozzi, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

1000*1221
True Color
242 Kb



Last Judgment (detail of the damned)
1354-57
Fresco
Cappella Strozzi, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

929*1200
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241 Kb



Paradise (south wall)
1354-57
Fresco
Cappella Strozzi, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

889*1200
True Color
244 Kb



Paradise
c. 1355
Fresco
Cappella Strozzi, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

800*1157
True Color
182 Kb



Paradise (detail)
1354-57
Fresco
Cappella Strozzi, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

1237*800
True Color
241 Kb



Paradise (detail)
1354-57
Fresco
Cappella Strozzi, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

1200*788
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219 Kb



Hell (north wall)
1354-57
Fresco
Cappella Strozzi, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

894*1200
True Color
249 Kb



Hell (detail)
1354-57
Fresco
Cappella Strozzi, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

1006*1300
True Color
237 Kb




Paintings by NARDO DI CIONE
Frescoes in the Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella (1354-57)
Various paintings