“Tyranny and Injustice for All: Civic Art and Architecture in Siena”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero
This lecture will discuss the civic architecture of Siena as embodied in the city’s most important civic structure – the Palazzo Pubblico. This late 13th-century building still serves as Siena’s town hall, and preserves some of the most important murals of the 14th Century. Through an in-depth analysis of these murals, beginning with Simone Martini’s Maestà in the former room of the “Great Council” and then the Allegory of Good and Bad Government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in the “Room of the Nine”- Siena’s medieval Oval Office – we will come to understand that the governing principles of an effective democracy transcend time.