Ambrogio Lorenzetti on exhibition at Santa Maria della Scala, Siena

Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Maestà in Trono, detail

Opening on October 22nd at the Santa Maria della Scala museum in Siena is an exhibition of one of the greatest artists of the 14th century. Unfortunately Ambrogio Lorenzetti is also one of the less known.

Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Allegory of Good Government, detail)

Universally, this painter of the Sienese school is known as the painter of the “The Allegory of Good  and Bad Government” a series of three fresco panels to be found in the Council Room, Sala dei Nove, of Palazzo Pubblico, Siena’s town hall.

Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Annunciation, 1344, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena

However, apart from this cycle of allegorical frescoes most people have no other knowledge of this incredibly creative artist who renovated many iconographical traditions of his time.

Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Madonna and Child, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena

For this reason Santa Maria della Scala has borrowed masterpieces from many places, including the National Gallery, the Gallerie degli Uffizi, the Louvre, the Museum of Sacred Art in Massa Marittima, to illustrate Lorenzetti’s intense artistic career.

Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Maestà in Trono, Museum of Sacred Art, Massa Marittima

Closing on January 21, 2018, the exhibition is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 5 pm, on Fridays from 10 am to 7 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 8 pm. Tuesday closed. Full price tickets cost 9 Euros. The exhibition will include an audio-guide in five languages and a selection of videos containing both information and narrative.

 

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