The Pinacoteca Nazionale is a national museum in Siena, Tuscany, Italy. Inaugurated in 1932, it houses especially late medieval and Renaissance paintings from Italian artists. It is housed in the Brigidi and Buonsignori palaces in the city's center: the former, built in the 14th century, it is traditionally identified as the Pannocchieschi family's residence. The Palazzo Bichi-Buonsignori, although built in the 15th century, has a 19th-century neo-medieval façade based on the city's Palazzo Pubblico.It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Pinacoteca Nazionale and many more Siena attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Siena attractions planner.
The gallery has one of the largest collections of Sienese paintings with gold backgrounds from the 14th and 15th centuries.
Works in the gallery include:
Duccio di Buoninsegna's Polyptych N. 28 and Madonna of the Franciscans
Guido da Siena's St. Peter Enthroned
Simone Martini's Blessed Agostino Novello and His Miracles (c. 1330)
Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Annunciation (c. 1344)
Bartolo di Fredi's Adoration of the Magi
Michelino da Besozzo's Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine (c. 1420)
Il Sodoma's Christ at the Column and Deposition
Domenico Beccafumi's Birth of the Virgin, St. Michael Expelling the Rebel Angels, Coronation of the Virgin, Trinity Triptych, Marriage of St Catherine, Stigmatization of St. Catherine of Siena, St Lucy and Christ in LimboOther artists represented include Ugolino di Nerio, Pietro Lorenzetti, Sassetta, Domenico di Bartolo, Taddeo di Bartolo, Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Matteo di Giovanni, Neroccio di Bartolomeo
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Museum consists of two parts: the second floor with old (12th - 14th century) paintings on wood (like crosses found above altars in churches), and on the first floor normal paintings from the 15th to 17th century. However there is a reoccuring theme in the whole collection, namely Madonna with child. The museum consists of about 37 rooms which take less than 2 hours. All in all I would recommend this museum because it is not too big and has a beautiful and rare collection.
The Pinacoteca is a gem for researchers and lovers of Italian renaissance art. Placed near the major attractions of the Piazza del Campo and the beautiful and unique Duomo. It has a unique collection of the Sienese school of painting- from Duccio and Simone Martini to major figures of the high renaissance as the excentric Sodoma to 2 exceptional paintings by Beccafumi. Not frequented by the wider public you can find yourselves enjoying the quiet and cool atmosphere on a hot day.
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