Sienese School

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Sienese School


a 13th-century Italian school of painting whose earliest representatives included Guido da Siena. The Sienese school developed from Italo-Byzantine icon painting and the art of the book miniature that flourished in Benedictine abbeys near Siena. Its best works, which were produced in the 13th and early 14th centuries, display spiritualistic imagery, rich color, graceful linear rhythms, and, in a number of instances, convincing narrative. Artists of this period included Duccio di Buoninsegna, Simone Martini, and Lippo Memmi. The works of the brothers Pietro Lorenzetti and Ambrogio Lorenzetti are very similar to Proto-Renaissance painting, including the art of Giotto.

In the 15th century many Sienese masters, including Domenico di Bartolo, Matteo di Giovanni, Vecchietta, and Neroccio dei Landi, strove to overcome gothicizing tendencies and to master the innovations of the Florentine school. The school’s most important trait, elaborate decorativeness of color and composition, remained as a whole in tune with the trecento. The work of the 15th-century Sienese masters was also marked by a sense of lyric contemplation, which brought a fairy-tale quality to the paintings of Sassetta, Giovanni di Paolo, and others.

In the 16th century the Sienese school produced a number of original masters, such as Sodoma and the mannerist D. Beccafumi, but as a whole it lost its significance.


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1400-1482); Matteo di Giovanni (1430-1495); and an unidentified master who probably lived on the mainland of the Republic of Venice in the late fifteenth century.
Matteo di Giovanni, another Sienese, painted delectable Madonnas, although more pallid than the sumptuously coloured Madonnas of his contemporary Perugino, who worked over a wider span of central Italy, and ventured beyond the restrictive medium of tempera.
These include once-in-a-lifetime reconstructions of Matteo di Giovanni's Asdano altarpiece and the series Virtuous Men and Women, painted by five of the greatest Sienese artists of the 1490s (Fig.
She concludes the chapter with a consideration of Matteo di Giovanni's loan of Sacchetti paintings to the San Salvatore in Laura art exhibitions in 1725 and 1726.
Matteo di Giovanni Corsini, for instance, chose eleven godfathers for his first child.(8) Some children even had a town as their godparent.