Painting in Late Medieval and Renaissance Siena (1260-1555)
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. ‘[Painting in Late Medieval and Renaissance Siena] constitutes a valuable addition to the increasing literature on Sienese painting and will help open up the subject and ... make it more popular amongst students’ (Cordelia Warr, The Art Book, Vol. 11, 3, June 2004, p.27).