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The visit of the Pinacoteca starts from the second floor with the oldest work, the Redentore Benedicente by Maestro di Tressa (1215), which introduces to the later works. Full review →
Room 1 contains a painting of the Stories of the True Cross (1215) by the so-called Master of Tressa, the earliest identified work by a painter of the Sienese school. Full review →
The greatest works of Sienese art have long since been dispersed to museums around the world, but here you’ll have the chance to get an overview of the works of the city’s major artists. Full review →Of Martini, be sure to look at the four charming narrative panels from the Altar of Beato Agostino Novello.
An extraordinary collection of Gothic masterpieces from the Sienese school sits inside the once grand but now sadly dishevelled 14th-century Palazzo Buonsignori Full review →There are too many knock-'em-dead canvasses to list here, but you should be sure not to miss Duccio's Madonna and Child (Room 2), Madonna with Child and Four Saints (Room 4) and Santa Maria Maddalena (Room 5); Simone Martini's Madonna della Misericordia and Madonna with Child (both in Room 4), Madonna and Child (Room 6) and Blessed Agostino altarpiece (Room 6); Lippo Memmi's Adoration of the Magi (Room 6); Ambrogio Lorenzetti's luminous Annunciation and Madonna with Child (both in Room 8); Pietro Lorenzetti's Madonna Enthroned with Saint Nicholas and the Prophet Elia and Crucifixion (both in Room 8); and Taddeo di Bartolo's The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (Room 11).
Siena painting is characterised here not just by the evolution of style but also by the ever-present gracefulness. Full review →