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Siena, the Late Gothic

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When we think of the Renaissance, we tend to think of Florence (and Rome). But the city of Siena also deserves our attention. Today, the lovely walled city of Siena is one of the best preserved Medieval cities in Europe and it was chosen by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site. In the 14th century, Siena was a wealthy independent nation and often at war with its neighbor, Florence. Some of the most important art of the 14th century was commissioned for Siena’s Cathedral and town hall. Duccio and his students, the Lorenzetti brothers and Simone Martini produced large-scale painting with an intricacy and subtle coloration that is unique in the Renaissance.

Duccio, Maesta (front)

VIDEO 6:24 minutes
Duccio, Maesta (front), 1308-11 (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana del Duomo, Siena) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker. During this period, and for hundreds of years, Italy was not a unified country, but rather was divided into ...

Duccio, Maesta (back)

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Duccio, Maesta (back), 1308-11 (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana del Duomo, Siena) Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris

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Duccio, The Rucellai Madonna

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Duccio, The Rucellai Madonna, 1285-86, tempera on panel, 177 x 114" or 450 x 290 cm (Uffizi, Florence) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

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Duccio, The Virgin and Child with Saints Dominic and Aurea

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Duccio di Buoninsegna, The Virgin and Child with Saints Dominic and Aurea, c. 1315, tempera on wood, 42.5 x 34.5 cm (National Gallery, London). Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Palazzo Pubblico frescos: Allegory and effect of good and bad government

VIDEO 10:18 minutes
Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Allegory of Good Government, Effects of Good Government in the City and the Country, and Allegory and Effects of Bad Government in the City and the Country, Siena c. 1337-40, fresco, Sala della Pace (Hall of Peace) ...

Lorenzetti, Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

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Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, 1342, tempera on panel, 257 x 168 cm (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)

Pietro Lorenzetti, Birth of the Virgin, c. 1342

VIDEO 4:10 minutes
Pietro Lorenzetti, Birth of the Virgin, c. 1342, tempera on panel, 6 feet, 1 inch x 5 feet, 11 inches, for the altar of St. Savinus, Siena Cathedral (now in Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena) Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker & Dr. Beth Harris

Simone Martini, Annunciation

VIDEO 4:34 minutes
Simone Martini, Annunciation, 1333, tempera on panel, 72 1/2 x 82 5/8" or 184 x 210 cm. (Uffizi, Florence) Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris

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Siena in the 1300s

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