(b. ca. 1345, Arezzo, d. 1410, Arezzo)
Scenes from the Life of Alexander III1407
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena
In 1407 the Priors of the Palazzo Pubblico commissioned Spinello, assisted perhaps by his son, Parri Spinelli to paint the walls of their meeting room, the Sala dei Priori. The subject matter of the two-tiered frescoes, which cover all four walls of the room, concerns the Sienese Pope Alexander III Bandinelli (r. 1159-81). Supposedly this subject was chosen as the result of a visit of Pope Gregory XII to Siena, the frescoes being intended to remind the current incumbent of a Sienese citizen who had been pope and who had even brought the fearsome Barbarossa to his knees.