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

   

Allegory of Good Government

The concept of the allegory is based on the division of power between the government. The justice is seated with symbolic balance scales.

In 1337, the leaders of Siena called upon Ambrogio Lorenzetti, the greatest painter of the Sienese School, to create a  fresco cycle  for Siena 's town hall, the Sala dei Nove in the Palazzo Pubblico.  The Allegory of Good and Bad Government is the first true magnum opus of secular art and one of the supreme paintings of the 14th Century. It is a painted fresco that covers three of four walls of a  room in the famous Palazzo Pubblico. This fresco has captured the imagination of art lovers everywhere. Many people from all over the world are drawn to Sienna, compelled by an energy they do not understand. Before the internet age Ambrogio and his remarkable talent were consigned to dusty old art history books that no one other then dusty old art historians ever read. Now with the power of the internet Ambrogio's genius is once again appreciated.

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