Guided, Adult educational tours in art, history and culture of Italy

Day trip to Siena, City of the Virgin

Siena is one of the most well preserved and authentic medieval cities of Europe. The monuments of Siena still stand today as monuments to its illustrious past. Our private excursions are in-depth art historical tours of the most important masterpieces and monuments of Medieval Siena.
These tours are led by renown art historian Rocky Ruggiero.

Sites visited: Cathedral, Museo Dell’Opera del Duomo, Piazza del Campo and  Palazzo Pubblico

Duration: 6 hours                        

In the first half of the 14th century, the city of Siena was Florence’s main political, economic and artistic rival. Artists such as Duccio, Simone Martini and Ambrogio Lorenzetti were members of Europe’s most important school of Painting. The architecture in Siena also reflects the city’s international importance and civic pride.

This lecture will examine the religious and civic art and architecture in Siena in order to understand the city’s unique beauty and rivalry with Florence.  We will visit the striking Gothic cathedral of Siena, and examine the various artistic works within including Nicola Pisano’s 13th century pulpit, which is one of the most innovative works of its day.  In the Cathedral museum, we shall view what was once the largest Italian altarpiece ever created- Duccio’s early 14th century Maestà.

The lecture will then continue in one of Italy’s most beautiful piazza’s- the Piazza del Campo.  Here we will discuss the civic architecture of Siena as embodied in the city’s most important civic structure- Palazzo Pubblico.  This late 13th century building still functions as Siena’s town hall, and preserves some of the most important murals of the 14th Century.    The lecture will conclude with an in- depth analysis of these murals, beginning with Simone Martini’s Maestà in the former room of the “Great Council” and the Allegory of Good and Bad Government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in the “Room of the Nine”- Siena’s medieval Oval Office.

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