Painting in Late Medieval and Renaissance Siena (1260-1555)

Painting in Late Medieval and Renaissance Siena (1260-1555)

by Diana Norman
     
 

The city of Siena, one of Italy's major artistic centers, was home to many celebrated painters, among them Duccio, Simone Martini, Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti, Sassetta and Beccafumi. This generously illustrated book provides a survey of Sienese painting from 1260 to 1555, an era of extraordinary artistic creativity in the Tuscan city. Art historian Diana Norman… See more details below

Overview

The city of Siena, one of Italy's major artistic centers, was home to many celebrated painters, among them Duccio, Simone Martini, Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti, Sassetta and Beccafumi. This generously illustrated book provides a survey of Sienese painting from 1260 to 1555, an era of extraordinary artistic creativity in the Tuscan city. Art historian Diana Norman addresses the style and artistic technique of Sienese painters throughout the three centuries and explores why paintings were made, where they were originally seen, and how they were used and enjoyed by their audiences. The book focuses on works of art made for Siena itself, many of which are still to be seen within the city. Norman organizes the discussion around types of commissions and throughout the book situates the paintings within the context of the political, social, and religious circumstances of late medieval and renaissance Siena.

Author Biography: Diana Norman is senior lecturer, The Open University, United Kingdom.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300099331
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/20/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
963,219
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction1
1Early Sienese Painting (1260-1300)41
Early Maesta47
Other Sacred Art56
Secular Art65
2The 'Golden Age' of Sienese Painting (1300-1355)71
Duccio's Maesta74
Altarpieces for the City's Churches81
Civic Art in the Palazzo Pubblico89
Paintings for the Friars104
Altarpieces for the Cathedral111
Private Art118
3Crises, Changes and Continuities: Sienese Painting (1355-1420)125
The Spedale and its Patronage of Art129
San Leonardo al Lago133
Bartolo Fredi at Montalcino137
More Altarpieces for the Cathedral141
The Cathedral Sacristy: Frescoes and Furnishings146
Frescoes in the Palazzo Pubblico150
Diversity and Versatility161
Saint Catherine of Siena168
4Renaissance Painting in Siena (1420-1480)173
New Ways of Honouring the Virgin179
Celebrating New Saints184
Paintings for the Spedale190
Paintings for the Cathedral Baptistery203
Paintings for the Palazzo Pubblico206
Renaissance Altarpieces212
Paintings for the Private 'Chamber'218
Siena and Renaissance Italy221
5The Later Renaissance in Siena (1480-1555)225
Collaboration in the Bichi Chapel233
The Piccolomini Library237
The 'Magnificent Chamber' of Pandolfo Petrucci244
Portraits and Painted Furnishings250
Palace Embellishment256
The Oratory of Saint Bernardino259
Continuing the Cult of Saint Catherine267
Three Altarpiece Commissions271
Civic Piety in the Palazzo Pubblico282
Notes293
Bibliography317
Photograph Credits328
Index329

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