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A wealthy merchant named Felice Brancacci commissioned the decoration of this chapel, which had been founded by the Brancacci family in the late 14th century, on his return from Egypt in 1423. Masolino and Masaccio worked together on the Stories of St. Peter, the saint to whom the chapel was originally dedicated. The frescoes were left incomplete when Masolino departed for Hungary and Masaccio for Rome in 1427. After Brancacci was exiled in 1436 for sympathising with the anti-Medici faction in the city, the monastic community had all the portraits of people connected with his family erased and rededicated the chapel in 1460 to the Madonna del Popolo, placing a much-venerated 13th century panel painting depicting her on the altar. It was not until 1481-1483 that Filippino Lippi restored and completed the missing scenes. The frescoes have come dangerously close to destruction on several occasions in the course of their history: Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere opposed Marquis Ferroni's plan to transform the chapel in the Baroque style in 1680, but the paintings in the vault and lunettes were destroyed during renovation in the mid-18th century. Spared by the fire that devastated the inside of the church in 1771, the chapel was purchased in 1780 by the Riccardi family, who renovated the altar and floor. The frescoes, which were neglected throughout the 19th century, were brush-cleaned in 1904, but it was not until 1981 to 1989 that a thorough restoration finally restored their clear and brilliant colours.