Departs From: Siena
Meeting Point: Will be indicated on voucher
Duration: 105 minutes
Available: Departs daily at upon request
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Tour the Hall of the Nine in Siena and its remarkable fresco cycle. If you appreciate art, architecture, culture and history, and you thirst for more and better information about what you see when you travel, M. Jane McIntosh's Smart Art Guides are for you!
Ambrogio Lorenzetti's pioneering 14th Century fresco cycle in the meeting room of the Nine Governors in Siena's town hall illustrates the exalted ideals of the city's experiment with republican rule. The powerful, intricately-detailed images speak eloquently of the consequences of both good and bad government. They are earliest Renaissance landscape paintings and one of the consummate political statements in the history of Western art. Now you can experience these ground-breaking frescoes guided by the scholarship of a renowned Renaissance historian.
This guide is the exclusive audio adaptation of the popular book written by Randolph Starn, Professor Emeritus at the University of California , Berkeley. Jane's narration reveals the historic context, the lofty political ideals, and the artistic genius that coincided to make Lorenzetti's panoramic frescoes possible:
- Understand the influence of republican principles on the choice of subject matter and the placement of the images.
- Hear how the images conveyed the socio-political ideas and traditions of Renaissance Siena.
The guide can be enjoyed when actually visiting Siena or to listen to at home and consists of two parts:
- 'Slice of History' Background Context - 40 minutes
- On-site Guide to the Sala dei Nove - 65 minutes
- Audio guide download
- Audio guide player
- Instructions for audio guide download will be provided upon booking.
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