The Good Century of Sienese Art

The Good Century of Sienese Art

From the Maniera Moderna to the Caravaggesque Light

Important exhibition, held in three remarkably beautiful towns in the province of Siena - Montepulciano, San Quirico d’Orcia and Pienza - dedicated to a specific historical period (beginning of the 16th century - middle of the 17th century), when art in and around Siena was filled with excellent and singular artistic personalities who are still little known to the general public. Each city hosts a section of the exhibition dedicated to an important artist from the area and to his environment, together with an itinerary to discover other works as significant as those on display but which, for various reasons, have remained in their original locations (look at this). This solution enables the ideal completion of the visit with the added value of travelling around and discovering a splendid and magnificently preserved land.

March 18, 2017 – June, 30 2017 extended to September 30 2017

A single ticket for the three exhibitions:

> Montepulciano, Crociani Civic Museum and Picture Gallery - Via Ricci,10 Palazzo Neri Orselli, 53045 Montepulciano (SI)

Domenico Beccafumi, the young artist

> San Quirico d’Orcia, Palazzo Chigi Zondadari - Piazza del Campo, 53100 Siena (SI)

From Sodoma to Riccio: Siena’s art in the last decades of the Republic

> Pienza, Conservatory of S. Carlo Borromeo - Via San Carlo 6 - 53026, Pienza (SI)

Francesco Rustici known as Rustichino, “gentile” Caravaggesque, and naturalism in Siena


Opening hours:

For all the exhibitions, from 10:30am to 6:30pm. Closed on Tuesdays.


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Montepulciano, Crociani Civic Museum and Picture Gallery - Domenico Beccafumi, the young artist.

Starting with the delightful rediscovery of a documented work painted by the young Domenico Beccafumi, S. Agnese Segni, kept in the Civic Museum, the section illustrates the documents and accounts that led to the discovery of this important work and, subsequently, analyses the considerable problems relating to the artistic personality of the young Beccafumi, hosting a large number of his works together with masterpieces by Girolamo Genga, Fra’ Bartolomeo, Andrea del Brescianino and Lorenzo di Mariano known as Marrina, protagonists of the artistic environment in the province of Siena in the first decade of the 16th century.


San Quirico d’Orcia, Palazzo Chigi Zondadari - From Sodoma to Riccio: Siena’s art in the last decades of the Republic

The painting around which the itinerary develops is the Madonna col Bambino e i Santi Leonardo e Sebastiano [Madonna with Child and Saints Leonard and Sebastian] by Bartolomeo Neroni, known as Riccio, who was a member of the Company of the Holy Sacrament of San Quirico d’Orcia. The section examines the artistic period from the late activity of Sodoma, of which various important works are present, also comprising paintings by significant personalities, such as Giorgio di Giovanni, Marco Pino and Giomo del Sodoma, ending with an extensive part dedicated to the considerable production by Bartolomeo Neroni known as Riccio.


Pienza, Conservatory of S. Carlo Borromeo - Francesco Rustici known as Rustichino, “gentile” Caravaggesque, and naturalism in Siena

The presence, in the church of San Carlo Borromeo in Pienza, of a splendid altarpiece by Francesco Rustici portraying the Madonna col Bambino e i Santi Carlo Borromeo, Francesco, Chiara, Caterina e Giovanni Battista [Madonna with Child and Saints Charles Borromeo, Francis, Clare, Catherine and John the Baptist], allows the reconstruction around this work of an interesting exhibition mainly regarding the activity of Rustichino, featuring several of his masterpieces, grouped together for the first time. The section also aims to illustrate the family environment in which the painter first began to learn his art, with paintings by Alessandro Casolani and Vincenzo Rustici, also proposing works by those artists who played an important role in his stylistic evolution, such as Orazio Gentileschi and Antiveduto Gramatica, for example, and closes with a group of paintings by Sienese artists who were his contemporaries, like Rutilio and Domenico Manetti, Bernardino Mei, Astolfo Petrazzi and Niccolò Tornioli who, all to a different extent, were influenced by the naturalist painting style.


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Reduced price tickets

  • groups over 15 people
  • youth under 18
  • residents in the province of Siena
  • visitors with special conventions
  • University students showing uni card
  • ICOM members

Free access (reservations not available) for children under 12, one tour escort per each group, two tour escorts per each school group, jourinalists with press card, tourist guides with official permit.

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