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


Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

The Chapel of Filippo Strozzi in the Santa Maria Novella in Florence is dedicated to the Apostles Philip and James (formerly to St John the Evangelist). The chapel belonged to the Boni family and in 1486 was ceded to Filippo Strozzi the Elder, whose name is connected with the construction of the famous Strozzi Palace.

All the decoration in the chapel are by Filippino Lippi. The fresco representing Adam is in the vault. Next to Adam is the tree of knowledge with the serpent. The idea of salvation is suggested by Adam's placing his foot on the serpent's tail and by the leaves sprouting from the seemingly dead tree. The child who turns away in terror at the sight of the serpent has been interpreted as either Cain or Seth.

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