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

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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: 1,417,860
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Early Sienese Painting (1260-1300) 41
Early Maesta 47
Other Sacred Art 56
Secular Art 65
2 The 'Golden Age' of Sienese Painting (1300-1355) 71
Duccio's Maesta 74
Altarpieces for the City's Churches 81
Civic Art in the Palazzo Pubblico 89
Paintings for the Friars 104
Altarpieces for the Cathedral 111
Private Art 118
3 Crises, Changes and Continuities: Sienese Painting (1355-1420) 125
The Spedale and its Patronage of Art 129
San Leonardo al Lago 133
Bartolo Fredi at Montalcino 137
More Altarpieces for the Cathedral 141
The Cathedral Sacristy: Frescoes and Furnishings 146
Frescoes in the Palazzo Pubblico 150
Diversity and Versatility 161
Saint Catherine of Siena 168
4 Renaissance Painting in Siena (1420-1480) 173
New Ways of Honouring the Virgin 179
Celebrating New Saints 184
Paintings for the Spedale 190
Paintings for the Cathedral Baptistery 203
Paintings for the Palazzo Pubblico 206
Renaissance Altarpieces 212
Paintings for the Private 'Chamber' 218
Siena and Renaissance Italy 221
5 The Later Renaissance in Siena (1480-1555) 225
Collaboration in the Bichi Chapel 233
The Piccolomini Library 237
The 'Magnificent Chamber' of Pandolfo Petrucci 244
Portraits and Painted Furnishings 250
Palace Embellishment 256
The Oratory of Saint Bernardino 259
Continuing the Cult of Saint Catherine 267
Three Altarpiece Commissions 271
Civic Piety in the Palazzo Pubblico 282
Notes 293
Bibliography 317
Photograph Credits 328
Index 329
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