The Santa Maria della Scala complex in Siena has opened “Ambrogio Lorenzetti”, an exhibition funded by the City of Siena and dedicated to one of its most prominent artistic masters.
Scholarly studies on 14th-century painter Lorenzetti have focused overwhelmingly on his best-known work, the Allegory of Good Government fresco cycle in the Palazzo Pubblico. The exhibition aims to broaden the public view of Lorenzetti’s prolific output through showcasing a range of works from throughout Siena along with loans from the Louvre, the National Gallery, the Uffizi, the Vatican Museums, Yale University Art Gallery and the Städel Museum, among others.
“Ambrogio Lorenzetti” is the culmination of a project launched in 2015 during Siena’s year as Capital of Italian Culture. Various Lorenzetti works in need of closer study, conservation efforts or full restorations were moved to the Santa Maria della Scala complex as part of a MiBACT-funded initiative, “Dentro il restauro”. Detached frescoes from the chapel of San Galgano in Montesiepi and a polyptych from the church of San Pietro in Castelvecchio in Siena were placed under an “open restoration” process on view to the public. Successive olorenzettipen restorations took place on Lorenzetti’s frescoes in the chapter room of the church of San Francesco and his Saint Catherine and articles of the Apostle’s Creed cycles in the church of Sant’Agostino.