National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION

Tour: Siena in the 1400s

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Only about fifty miles separate Florence and Siena. However, if we compare Florentine pictures to these painted during the same period in Siena, we might believe we have stepped through time, not space. The gold backgrounds, the rich pattern and tooled detail, the saints and angels standing in formation—all seem more at home in the late Middle Ages than in the early Renaissance.



1Domenico di Bartolo, Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saint Peter and Saint Paul, c. 1430
2Sano di Pietro, Madonna and Child with Saint Jerome, Saint Bernardino, and Angels, c. 1460/1470
3Matteo di Giovanni, Madonna and Child with Angels and Cherubim, c. 1460/1465
4Benvenuto di Giovanni, The Adoration of the Magi, c. 1470/1475
5Neroccio de' Landi, Portrait of a Lady, c. 1485
6Neroccio de' Landi, Claudia Quinta, c. 1490/1495
7Girolamo di Benvenuto, Portrait of a Young Woman, c. 1508