Decoration of the Pazzi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence
by Luca della ROBBIA

The Pazzi Chapel was founded by Andrea dei Pazzi in 1429 as the chapterhouse in the first cloister of Santa Croce. The decoration of the chapel was an important phase of Luca della Robbia's career. The twelve medallions depicting the classical figures of the Apostles in white on a blue background are well suited to the sober lines of the architecture and to the general two-colour scheme of the gray pietra serena on white walls and vaults. The decoration of the chapel was completed with the application of polychrome glazed terracotta representations of the four Evangelists in the pendentives of the cupola; it is debated whether they are the work of Luca, Brunelleschi, Donatello, or a sculptor from the workshop of Andrea della Robbia.

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Interior
1440s
Glazed terracotta
Pazzi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence


Apostle Andrew
1440s
Tin-glazed terracotta, diameter 134 cm
Pazzi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence


Apostle Bartholomew
1440s
Tin-glazed terracotta, diameter 134 cm
Pazzi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence


Apostle Philip
1440s
Tin-glazed terracotta, diameter 134 cm
Pazzi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence


Apostle James the Great
1440s
Tin-glazed terracotta, diameter 134 cm
Pazzi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence


Apostle James the Less
1440s
Tin-glazed terracotta, diameter 134 cm
Pazzi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence


Apostle John
1440s
Tin-glazed terracotta, diameter 134 cm
Pazzi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence


Apostle Judas Thaddaeus
1440s
Tin-glazed terracotta, diameter 134 cm
Pazzi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence


Apostle Matthew
1440s
Tin-glazed terracotta, diameter 134 cm
Pazzi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence


Apostle Matthias
1440s
Tin-glazed terracotta, diameter 134 cm
Pazzi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence


Apostle Peter
1440s
Tin-glazed terracotta, diameter 134 cm
Pazzi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence


Apostle Simon
1440s
Tin-glazed terracotta, diameter 134 cm
Pazzi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence


Apostle Thomas
1440s
Tin-glazed terracotta, diameter 134 cm
Pazzi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence


Cupola of the Portico
1440s
Glazed terracotta
Pazzi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence



Works by Luca della Robbia
Cantoria | other works for Florence Cathedral
Pazzi Chapel | Madonna images | various



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