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Renaissance Siena: Art for a City - National Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION, the first of its kind in the UK, of Sienese Renaissance works of art seen in the artistic, cultural and political context of the volatile last century of the Sienese Republic, Renaissance Siena: Art for a City, will be on display in the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery from October 24, 2007 to January 13, 2008.

While the painting of Trecento Siena is universally admired, the art produced during the later 15th and early 16th centuries is much less well known, especially outside Italy.

Renaissance Siena: Art for a City will showcase the bravura techniques and virtuoso inventiveness of two of the greatest Sienese artists of this period, Francesco di Giorgio and Domenico Beccafumi, alongside many of their contemporaries.

Around one hundred beautiful paintings, sculptures, drawings, manuscripts and ceramics will be included in the exhibition.

Major loans from private and public collections across Europe and America will be displayed alongside the exceptional Sienese paintings in the National Gallery’s own collection – works by Matteo di Giovanni, Francesco di Giorgio, Benvenuto di Giovanni, the Master of the Legend of Griselda, Signorelli, Pintoricchio and Beccafumi – many of which will be specially cleaned and restored for this show.

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