Painting in late medieval and Renaissance Siena (1260-1555)

Norman, Diana (2003). Painting in late medieval and Renaissance Siena (1260-1555). New Haven, USA: Yale University Press.

URL: http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=0...

Abstract

The city of Siena, one of Italy's major artistic centres, was home to many celebrated painters, among them Duccio,Simone Martini, Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti, Sassetta and Beccafumi. This generously illustrated book provides an account of Sienese painting from 1260 to 1555, an era of extraordinary artistic creativity in the Tuscan city. Art historian Diana Nrman addresses the style and technique of Sienese painters throughout 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.

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