Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Buon Governo Frescoes: Two Old Questions, Two New Answers

  title={Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Buon Governo Frescoes: Two Old Questions, Two New Answers},
  author={Q. Skinner},
  journal={Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes},
  pages={1 - 28}
  • Q. Skinner
  • Published 1 January 1999
  • History
  • Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes
The writer discusses iconographical questions raised by Ambroglio Lorenzetti's Buon Governo frescoes in Siena. He examines the regal figure who sits enthroned on the northern wall, the dancers at the heart of the cityscape, the question of why the space in which the dancers are depicted constitutes the painted light source of the city as a whole, and the significance of the number nine throughout the work. He contends that the work portrays the city of Siena as judge of the Sienese, while at… 
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