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Santa Maria del Carmine
Piazza del Carmine, Florence, Italy
Santa Maria del Carmine is best known for the Brancacci Chapel by Masaccio, Masolino and finished by Filippino Lippi. Santa Maria del Carmine is located in the Oltrarno, on the other side of the river. Like Florentine facades, this one is still unfinished. From the outside it looks like a wall but as you walk, in the enchantment flows over you. The crowds will be surrounding the famous Brancacci Chapel, so explore the rest of the church. There are many other chapels with pieces of work that are rare and preserved. Once you reach the Brancacci Chapel, you will notice the different styles of painting these biblical images. Masaccio's depiction of Adam and Eve's expulsion from Paradise is a grim and depressing viewpoint of how they felt. It captures sorrow and sadness. Masolino's Temptation of Adam and Eve, brought a more hopeful look to their faces. Moreso that they felt invincible and could pass through the Paradise gates even though they tried the forbidden apple.