MASACCIO
(b. 1401, San Giovanni Valdarno, d. 1428, Roma)

View of the Cappella Brancacci (before restoration)

1426-82
Fresco
Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence

Fire raged through the church on January 29, 1771, destroying most of its chapels and their frescoes. The Brancacci Chapel was spared somewhat, and at least it could be restored. Yet a new altar was installed at that time. Traces of the original painting was discovered behind the altar in 11932, and it was proposed that the original window and its framing be uncovered. This was only accomplished during the most recent restoration, at which time the sinopias on the altar wall were exposed.

The picture shows the view of the chapel before this restoration.




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