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This detail comes from Masaccio's fresco St. Peter Enthroned in the Brancacci Chapel of Santa Maria del Carmine. Masaccio's self-portrait appears in the lower right corner; he was 26 years old when he began this fresco in 1427 and for unknown reasons abandoned it to return to Rome where he died at age 27. Filippino Lippi finished what he had begun, but it is clear that these figures are by Masaccio. This is the first of a series of details from the Brancacci Chapel, so more later on the entire project and the artists.
Quote from The Golden Legend about the subject:
"all the people set up a chair for St. Peter to sit in more higher, for to preach the doctrine of Jesu Christ, and the better to be heard and seen. And of the exalting thus of St. Peter into this chair, this feast taketh the name of the chairing of St. Peter. And in this church [Antioch] was St. Peter seven years, and from thence he went to Rome and governed the church of Rome twenty-five years."

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