Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Allegory of the Good Government.
A naval battle scene by Spinello Aretino
After gelato in the Campo, an experience not to be missed, it was on to the Duomo…
…and a visit to the Libreria Piccolomini and its breathtaking frescos by Pinturicchio.From the Duomo we crossed the plaza to the 13th century hospital Santa Maria della Scala to see the moving frescoes in Pilgrims Hall by Domenico di Bartolo. Visit the Web Gallery of Art to see all of these remarkable frescoes and read the history of the hospital in this excellent paper by J H Baron published in the British Medical Journal in 1990. Finally one of the highlights of the day seen in the Cathedral’s Museum, the magnificent Maesta by Duccio de Buoninsegna. The painting was installed in the cathedral on 9 June 1311 and one person who witnessed the event wrote:
And on that day when it was brought into the cathedral, all workshops remained closed, and the bishop commanded a great host of devoted priests and monks to file past in solemn procession. This was accompanied by all the high officers of the Commune and by all the people; all honorable citizens of Siena surrounded said panel with candles held in their hands, and women and children followed humbly behind. They accompanied the panel amidst the glorious pealing of bells after a solemn procession on the Piazza del Campo into the very cathedral…
I have to admit I ❤️ Siena
P.S. Where’s Waldo is somewhere in the post – can you find him?