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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batalay (35197) 2012-02-25 8:05
Complemented by an excellent note, you've offered a first rate photo to place in the group theme, Pictures at an Exhibition. I look forward to your subsequent posts form the Brancacci Chapel.
sacimar (25975) 2012-02-25 9:09
this is an interesting and different picture, we don't usually see very often here, I like the result, the fresco is beautiful, well done,
diomed (13926) 2012-02-26 6:00
very interesting composition this close up on the saint and the artist. The capture was in difficult light conditions, but the exposure is ok. Great idea and realization.
nobuikehonda (3848) 2012-02-29 7:29
I like the colours and the composition. The diagonal relationship in the frame works like magic. Is the young gentleman in the lower right hand corner Masaccio himself? He looks at us as if we have seen what we should not have seen. The fresco has these very muted colours, which I like very much. I see that you will continue with this series for a while. Like the professor, I would very much look foreword to following your presentations. Your good note will be very much appreciated.
With my very best regards,
Have a very fulfilling but not too busy day for you, Sara
- Copyright: Sara Hopkins (chanteuse) (210)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-26
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ35
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION I [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-25 8:03