(b. ca. 1454, Perugia, d. 1513, Siena)

No. 3: Frederick III Crowning Enea Silvio Piccolomini with a Laurel Wreath

Piccolomini Library, Duomo, Siena

The cycle's first three scenes, beginning with the one on the right wall closest to the windows, represent the initial phase of Enea Silvio Piccolomini's secular career.

The third scene reminds us of the young Enea Silvio's literary triumphs. In Frankfurt Frederick III had convened his first diet after having been crowned king of Germany. On July 27, 1442 Frederick himself crowned Piccolomini with a laurel wreath, presumably for the request of Enea Silvio.