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SIENA - SANTA MARIA DELLA SCALA: EXHIBION AMBROGIO LORENZETTI

 


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Meeting point with the guide, in front of entrance  to Santa Maria della Scala (Piazza del Duomo) in Siena. Visit of the exhibition (about 1h) dedicated to Ambrogio Lorenzetti, the painter of Good Government, one of the most important artists of the fourteen century in Italy
Price for pax € 12 (under 12  and handicap assistant free)
Visits are made with a minimum of 15pax and a maximum of 25pax

The fee includes guided tour and entrance ticket (including earphones and whispers rental)
You need to book in advance sending a mail to info@ilpaesedelgarbo.it

Visits are in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese. Other languages on request.

 




Ambrogio was one of the greatest European painters of the 14th century but, ironically enough, he is still a fairly little-known artist. A lot of people know him as the painter of "Good Government", a cycle of allegorical frescoes with astonishing views of the city and the countryside in the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena's town hall, but aside from that, they have absolutely no notion of the work of this uncontainably creative artist who profoundly renewed a host of iconographical traditions, not an inkling of the art of a man who renewed the very concept of the altarpiece as a genre, the great painter of religious stories, the narrator who looked beyond the bare bones of his narrative to rediscover the landscape and the view. With a considerable number of astutely targeted loans (including paintings from the Louvre, the National Gallery and the Gallerie degli Uffizi), the exhibition sets out to illustrate Ambrogio Lorenzetti's intense artistic career by bringing a whole host of paintings together in Santa Maria della Scala, the majority of them originally produced either for Sienese citizens or for the city's churches. A collection of surviving fragments will also allow visitors to "ideally" appreciate a number of fresco cycles which were extremely famous in their day but which have since been destroyed, for instance those in the chapter house and cloister of the convent of San Francesco in Siena or the paintings in Siena's Augustinian chuch, and the cycle of frescoes (specially restored for the occasion) from the chapel of San Galgano on Montesiepi, which were so far removed from the consolidated religious iconography of the time that the chapel's patrons demanded substantial changes to them shortly after their completion. The exhibition, preceded by an event entitled "Inside Restoration" funded with a contribution from the MIBACT, Italy's Fine Arts Ministry, for Siena Cultural Capital 2015, also includes several other sites in the city such as the churches of San Francesco and Sant'Agostino, where Lorenzetti's fresco cycles have been restored for the occasion, and of course the Palazzo Pubblico, the town hall with its superb cycle of frescoes depicting Good Government.

 

Next Visit: Saturday 25th November 2017 h05.00pm 



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