MASTER of the Palazzo Venezia Madonna
(active around 1350 in Siena)


Italian painter, who takes his name from the Virgin and Child once in the Palazzo Venezia in Rome and now in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica in the Palazzo Barberini. He was a close follower of Simone Martini and Lippo Memmi, in whose workshop he may have trained. His style was particularly close to Memmi's. He was a collaborator of Bartolomeo Bulgarini.

Attributable to this master are the side panels showing St Vittore of Siena and St Corona (Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen) once flanked the Nativity in Siena Cathedral; these panels were part of an altarpiece by Bulgarini, painted for the cathedral around 1351. Paintings securely attributable to the Master of the Palazzo Venezia Madonna include the Mystic Marriage of St Catherine for Santa Maria della Scala (Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena) and the Virgin and Child with Sts Michael and Gabriel (Berenson Collection, Villa I Tatti, Settignano).

Bartolo di Fredi may have been his pupil.