Ambrogio Lorenzetti

c.1267-1300/1347-50 Italy/Medieval

 

Brief Biography-Ambrogio Lorenzetti initially received tuition from his elder brother Pietro, who had been a pupil of Duccio di Buoninsegna along with Simone Martini. The works of the sculptor Giovanni Pisano and the painter Giotto influenced both brothers; however, Ambrogio was considered the more talented of the two. The Sienese held him as the foremost painter of his time.
The first dated work by him in 1319, was the Madonna and Child at Vico L'Abate, Florence. His greatest achievement is 'The Allegory of Good and Bad Government' in the Hall of the Nine or Peace Hall, at the Palazzo Pubblico Siena. A revolving chamber called The Nine who sat in the Peace Hall ruled Siena with a republican emphasis. The Allegory is remarkable in the sense that it is not only the first vast landscape fresco in Italy, but it is also of a secular theme instead of a religious subject. It depicts the bustling Siena they governed since 1287.
It is not clear when Ambrogio was born and died. The Rev. M. Pilkington wrote, he was born in 1267 and died in 1350 aged 83. More recently it is believed he was born in the 1290s and died of the Black death in 1348. Other calamities ravaged the lands into the 1340s, with floods, famine and smallpox. Up to 70% of the population died, altering the economic landscape and shifting religious and artistic ideals of the fourteenth century.

 

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effects of good
government

effects of good government in the city and the country

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allegory of the good
government

allegory of the good government

 

bad government and
the effects

bad government and the effects of bad government on the city life

bad government
detail

bad government


annunciation

annunciation

madonna and child
with mary magdalene

madonna and child with mary magdalene and saint dorothea by Ambrogio Lorenzetti

madonna of vico
l'abate

madonna of vico l'abate


maesta

maesta

martyrdom of the
franciscans

martyrdom of the franciscans


nursing madonna

nursing madonna

presentation in
the temple

presentation in the temple


saint michael

saint michael

scenes of the life
of saint nicholas

scenes of the life of saint nicholas

scenes of the life
of saint nicholas two

scenes of the life of saint nicholas two


small maesta

small maesta


virgin and child

virgin and child