The Renaissance in Siena was very deliberately shaped and sustained to provide an artistic language for an ambitious and proudly independent city, and was fuelled by the patronage of powerful and wealthy families, such as the Petrucci, Piccolomini and the Spannocchi, during a period of fascinating power shifts.
Artists such as Francesco di Giorgio, Matteo di Giovanni, Neroccio de' Landi and Domenico Beccafumi drew on the famed elegant and decorative legacy established by Sienese artists Duccio, Simone Martini and the Lorenzetti Brothers a century and a half earlier.
This new generation used a reverential style to depict distinctively Sienese subjects and icons, while at the same time, embracing the newer trends introduced by outside artists working on local projects - Signorelli, Pintoricchio and Raphael.
Written by leading scholars, this lavishly illustrated account brings together paintings, sculpture, ceramics and works on paper, and showcases one of the most distinct and elegant
in Italian art.
This account of the major exhibition will truly be a revelation and journey of discovery for art lovers.
The authors are: Luke Syson, Alessandro Angelini, Philippa Jackson, Fabrizio Nevola and Carol Plazzotta
with contributions from Hugo Chapman, Simona Di Nepi, Gabriele Fattorini, Xavier F. Salomon and Jennifer Sliwka