Art gallery : Michelin's recommendations
Let it be stated from the start: the collections in this art gallery which provide a complete panoramic view of Siena painting between the 13C and the 16C, are fabulous, even if the two grand masters of Siena, Duccio and Simone Martini, are poorly represented there. The collections start with the Primitives, through a series of painted crucifixes, Byzantine inspired in their religious style and colours. Guido da Sienna, the first acknowledged Siena master, has works similarly evoking the Greek manner. The style then evolved to softness and naturalism with Niccolo di Sienna, and thence to the great era of Siena painting with the delicate Madonna of the Franciscans by Duccio. The refinement was reaffirmed in the 14C with Luca di TommS and Bartolo di Fredi (Adoration of the Magi) and finishes with Simone Martini illustrated by an exquisite Virgin and Child. The brothers, Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti, will undoubtedly be a revelation, the same as the Master of Monte Oliveto with his Assumption... finally among the last Primitives (15C), do not miss the ravishing Humble Virgin, by Giovanni di Paolo. You will then pass onto the 15C with Francesco di Giorgio Martini and Matteo di Giovanni, and you will realise that Siena painting while maintaining its gracefulness began to take on the stylistic touches of Renaissance. The 16C is represented above all by Beccafumi and Sodoma.
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