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Ambrogio Lorenzetti (1290-1348) Italian, Sienese, Early Renaissance

   

Understanding The Allegory Bad Government

 Townspeople suffering the effects of Bad Government  1337

The Allegory of Good and Bad Government merges elements of secular life with references to the significance of religion as part of daily life of the people. It is a painted fresco  that covers three of four walls of the room. Half the population of Sienna was dead less then 10 years after this painting was created during the great plague. Ambrogio Lorenzetti and his brother Pietro were some of first victims. Art lovers from all over the world are mesmerized by this image and many make the journey to Sienna, Italy. If you visit, as I have, you will be riveted by the mystical qualities this painting emanates. Many people claim to have dreams or visions about what the missing pieces of the painting looked like and amazingly their dreams are very similar.

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