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Located in the middle of the Tuscan countryside and among landscapes of a breathtaking beauty, Sienna is the very incarnation of the medieval city. Like a transposition on the urban landscape of their rivalry with Florence, the citizens followed through time a gothic dream and knew how to keep the city looking like it was between the 12th and the 16th century. At this time Duccio, the Lorenzetti brothers and Simone Martini led the ways of the Italian art and founded the Sienna School, an art school existing from the 14th century to the 16th. It develops through refined taste for color and by a precocious concern to assimilate the gothic ways of expression, which is what distinguishes it from the traditional principles associated with the Italian Renaissance. The cathedral Santa Maria Assunta is one of the oldest gothic churches in Italy. Characterized by its stones and white, black and red marble, it towers over the medieval city of Sienna with majesty. A number of masterpieces decorate the interior of the cathedral like the sculptures of Donatello including the statue of saint John the Baptist installed in the chapel San Giovanni. De Michelangelo sculptures are in the Piccolimini altar. One can also appreciate the porphyry and green marble columns and the panels describing the Christ’s life on the pulpit produces by Nicola Pisano. Apart from the sculptures, numerous paintings have ornamented the cathedral. Most of them, however, were transferred elsewhere during the renovation works during the 17th century. Among the important pieces, can be seen the Annunciation by Simone Martini, the Presentation to the temple by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, The Snow Virgin by Sassetta, the Maestà by Duccio di Buoninsegna. The Palazzo Pubblico, emblematic edifice of the city of Sienna, is a civil monument which construction was started at the end of the 13th century and finished towards the middle of the 14th century. Gothic architectural elements representing the Sienna style can be found. The Palazzo Publico was decorated by Simone Martini. The most of the frescoes in Sienna is there and is no ther than the “Allegory of the Good and the Bad Government” by Ambrogio Lorenzetti which is a cycle of frescoes produced between 1337 and 1340 in the Room of the Nine.

Length: 260 minutes

Item#: BVL189257

ISBN: 978-1-64623-729-6

Copyright date: ©2017

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