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Ambrogio Lorenzetti and the masterpiece that praises Siena in 1300

Fleshing out on the Allegory of good and bad government

Ambrogio Lorenzetti is a renowned painter of the Sienese school of the ' 300. Ambrose developed a style markedly Gothic, influenced by italo-Byzantine art movement. Her touch is recognizable because of deep colors and puri, sinuous lines, sensitive expression and a sense of spiritual harmony. Ambrose possessed the amazing ability to convey emotion and atmosphere and for this reason can be considered thegreatest painter of the Sienese school l.

Overall the work of Larry consisted in an attempt to reconcile art with observation and the reality.


The Government of the nine and the Lorenzetti

In 1337, the "Nine" in Siena decided to Commission a series of frescoes to commemorate the great achievements of the city and its Government. But who were the Nine? The Government of the nine was composed of a powerful group of citizens of Siena from middle-class and middle-high and believed strongly in the great possibilities of merchants, bankers and traders industrious.


Three things to know about masterpiece of Ambrogio Lorenzetti

The influential judiciary of the Republic of Siena chose Ambrogio Lorenzetti for realizing a cycle of frescoes for the Sala dei Nove in the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena. The work that was born from this request is the famous allegory of good and bad government.


  • The allegory of Good and bad government is the first true masterpiece of secular and one of the greatest paintings of the 1300. Is a fresco painting covering three of the four walls of the room and is considered the most revolutionary work of Lorenzetti and a most remarkable works of the period.


  • This fresco shows the incredible talent of Lara for portraiture, his meticulous attention to detail, and the spectacular brightness of its colors.


  • What is meant to represent the fresco? The taste of the middle ages for these moralities is well known. The allegory is carrying a strong social message: the Republican Government of Siena was experiencing a period of great stability and strength and intention by Lorenzetti was to pay him homage. The fresco combines elements of secular life with references to the importance of religion in that historical moment. The figure of Justice recalls the figure of Mary; the judge is going to represent the Christian last judgment, God judges the saved on the left and the damned on the right. Also, in the allegorical representation of good governance, the rich citizens are dancing in the streets. Beyond the city walls there is a lush countryside where crops are harvested. In theallegory of bad government, crime is rampant and diseased citizens roam a city in ruins and the country suffers from drought.


The terrible plague which gave the death artist

The black death arrived in Italy in the mid 1300 and quickly reach Siena. Ambrose, in this period, was at the height of his fame.

The horrible plague had already decimated the population and carried away the beloved brother of painter, Pietro Lorenzetti, when Ambrose began to perceive the clear indications of the death star: big weakness, cough persistent and continuous headache .


Ambrogio Lorenzetti died in his beloved Siena on 9 June 1348 , and was buried in a mass grave. His work became immortal and today its frescoes are visible as well as the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena, Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi.