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Cappella Brancacci, Florence

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Piazza del Carmine
Tel: 39 055 276 8224's insider take:

The Brancacci Chapel, inside the Oltrarno Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, is where the Renaissance started. Commissioned by a local silk merchant, the fresco cycle that adorns the walls of the chapel is one of the most important in Florentine art. It was the work of three great Renaissance painters: Masolino da Panicale, his pupil Masaccio, and Fra Filippo Lippi. One of the most memorable works is Masaccio's Expulsion of Adam and Eve. The frescoes were celebrated from the outset for their use of the new rules of perspective and their chiaroscuro (light and shade) effects, and artists such as Michelangelo came to study them. Note that admission is by a separate entrance at the side of the church and is strictly limited to 30 people per 15-minute slot. This means that, except at very quiet times of year, it is worth ringing ahead to book.

Open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 1 to 5 pm.

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