The world’s most significant collection of the 14th and 15th-century Sienese masters.
The Pinacoteca Nazionale art gallery in Siena is the city’s most important state museum. Housed in the rooms of the Buonsignori and Brigidi palaces, in Via San Pietro, it displays most of the paintings of the Sienese school of painting from the 13th to the 17th-century.
It’s spread across three floors and on the second we can admire the astonishing works of the 13th and 14th-century Sienese painters. Rooms 1-2 show examples of paintings before the rise of the Gothic style, from the end of the 12th to the end of the 13th century. In rooms 3-4 you will find a collection of works by Duccio di Boninsegna and his followers, testifying to the definitive establishment of a Sienese school of painting of the highest level. Look out for the Madonna dei Francescani and the Polittico n.28 by Duccio, and the Madonna col Bambino by the Maestro di Badia a Isola.
Meanwhile, rooms 5-6 are dedicated to Simone Martini and his followers. It’s worth mentioning the splendid Altarpiece of Blessed Agostino Novello (around 1330), the youthful Madonna di Vertine and the Madonna di Lucignano d’Arbia. The grand room 7 closes the collection of the 14th-century Sienese masters with the brothers Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti and their followers.
On the lower floor (first floor), works by the 16th and 17th-century Sienese can be admired: Rooms 27-30 are dedicated to Sodoma (Judith Nativity Christ at the Column and Deposition) and Beccafumi (Tryptych of the Trinity, St. Catherine of Siena Receives the Stigmata Between Saints Benedict and Girolamo, Nativity of the Virgin). Room 25 is dedicated to 17th-century Sienese art and hosts works by Rutilio Manetti (Miracle of St. Eligius), Francesco Vanni (A self-portrait, Immaculate conception), Alessandro Casolani (Mystical Marriage of Saints Catherine of Siena and Alexandria) e Vincenzo Rustici (Pietà)
On the third floor, almost the entire Spannocchi-Piccolomini collection is exhibited.
The collection in the Pinacoteca Nazionale of Siena is the world’s most significant collection of paintings from the Sienese school, and the beauty that can be soaked up in the rooms of this art gallery is still very much alive and flourishing in the works of all these great Sienese masters.
Where: Via San Pietro 29 – 53100 Siena
Tel: 0577 281161