Pazzi Chapel
Cappella dei Pazzi
 
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The decorations in glazed terracotta which adorn the interior by Luca della Robbia

 

 

 

In the picturesque cloister to the side of the Church of Santa Croce one finds one of the greatest works by Filippo Brunelleschi: the Pazzi Chapel. It dates from just three years before the death of the architect (1443).
The plan of the chapel is again the circle and the square. A rectangular base is covered with a conical central dome supported by fine "veiled" vaulting that one also finds in the porch. The spaces are divided up with a geometric lucidity; the white intonaco (plaster) of the walls is in the cool contrast to the pilasters in grey "serene" stone, and the beautiful decorations in glazed terracotta which adorn the interior are by Luca della Robbia.
It is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Renaissance architecture.

In the same courtyard there is the long refectory housing the dramatic CRUCIFIX by Cimabue dating from c. 1270 (see Opera St. Croce Museum). This was the work of art most damaged in the flood of 1966. Ten years time was necessary for the restoration of the panel painting, after lying immersed in the mud for an entire day.



 
Facade of the Pazzi Chapel
 
Outline of the chapel from Piazza Santa Croce
 
The graceful roof
The portico
 
Chapel interior
Detail of the Doric columns
Lunettes in glaced terracotta with Saints
by Luca della Robbia and followers
The right chapel with the altar
 
The dome by Brunelleschi
The dome under the portico by Luca della Robbia
 
Dome
The stained glass in the right chapel
 
Dome of the right chapel
The fresco reproduces the sky in Florence on July 4, 1442.
There is a similar frescoed dome but previous in the Church of
San Lorenzo in Florence from the same painter.

Dome of the left chapel
The fresco reproduces the sky in Florence on July 4, 1442.
There is a similar frescoed dome but previous in the Church of
San Lorenzo in Florence from the same painter.
 
Luca della Robbia - St. Matthew
Under the Evangelist the crest of the Pazzi family
Luca della Robbia
St. Luke
 
Luca della Robbia
St. John
Luca della Robbia
St. Mark
 
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