National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION

Tour: Painting in Siena in the 14th and Early 15th Centuries

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image of The Angel of the Annunciation image of The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple image of Madonna and Child Enthroned
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image of Joachim and Anna Giving Food to the Poor and Offerings to the Temple image of The Nativity of the Virgin image of The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple
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Overview

Siena, where most of the works on this tour were painted, is dominated even today by its cathedral, a dazzling facade of dark and light stone. In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the centerpiece of its interior was a gold and brilliantly colored monumental altarpiece—Duccio's Maestà, some panels of which are in the Gallery's collection. Both the fame of the Maestà, which drew large numbers of pilgrims to Siena, and Duccio's influence as a teacher had a long-lived impact on the style of Sienese art. While painters in nearby Florence adopted rounder, more realistic forms, most Sienese artists in the early fourteenth century continued to prefer Duccio's linear and decorative style, which used gold and strong color to create pattern and rhythm.

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Captions

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1Simone Martini, The Angel of the Annunciation, c. 1330
2Paolo di Giovanni Fei, The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple, 1398-1399
3Gentile da Fabriano, Madonna and Child Enthroned, c. 1420
4Andrea di Bartolo, Joachim and Anna Giving Food to the Poor and Offerings to the Temple, c. 1400/1405
5Andrea di Bartolo, The Nativity of the Virgin, c. 1400/1405
6Andrea di Bartolo, The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple, c. 1400/1405
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7Andrea di Bartolo, Madonna of Humility, The Blessing Christ, Two Angels, and a Donor [obverse], c. 1380/1390
8Andrea di Bartolo, Christ on the Cross [reverse], c. 1380/1390
9Master of the Osservanza (Sano di Pietro?), Saint Anthony Distributing His Wealth to the Poor, c. 1430/1435
10Giovanni di Paolo, The Annunciation and Expulsion from Paradise, c. 1435