The Maestà in the Sala del Mappamondo, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena (1315)
by SIMONE MARTINI

The imposing fourteenth-century Sienese painting of the Maestà by Simone Martini is on the east wall of the Sala del Mappamondo (formerly known as Sala del Consiglio), the principal council hall of the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena.

The Sala del Consiglio was constructed between 1304 and 1310, as part of the upper story of the central wing of the building. The first frescoes were executed soon after it was completed. The first version of the Virgin with Child Enthroned between Saints and Angels was completed in June 1315. Six years later the heads and in some cases the hands of eight figures were entirely redone. The reasons behind this intervention are not known.

The end wall of the hall is entirely covered by this fresco. Surrounded by a frame decorated with twenty medallions depicting the Blessing Christ, the Prophets and the Evangelists and with smaller shields containing the coat-of-arms of Siena, the fresco shows a host of angels, Saints and Apostles, with the Madonna and Child in the centre. The whole scene, set against a deep blue background, is surmounted by an imposing canopy of red silk.

Damage to the fresco over time was caused by the storage of salt in basement rooms beneath the fresco. Moisture carried the salt up through the inner walls of the building and caused crystals to form beneath the surface of the paint. These pushed the pigment forward and damaged the structural integrity of the plaster.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Maestà (Madonna with Angels and Saints)
1315
Fresco, 763 x 970 cm
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

1248*850
True Color
198 Kb



Maestà (detail)
1315
Fresco
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

594*1000
True Color
186 Kb



Maestà (detail)
1315
Fresco
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

921*1200
True Color
244 Kb



Maestà (detail)
1315
Fresco, 99 x 85 cm (size of detail)
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

647*800
True Color
179 Kb



Maestà (detail)
1315
Fresco
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

758*810
True Color
165 Kb



Maestà (detail)
1315
Fresco
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

1002*1300
True Color
253 Kb



Maestà (detail)
1315
Fresco, 79 x 65 cm (size of detail)
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

619*800
True Color
168 Kb



Maestà (detail)
1315
Fresco
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

742*797
True Color
173 Kb



Maestà (detail)
1315
Fresco
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

1017*1300
True Color
262 Kb



Maestà (detail)
1315
Fresco, 79 x 65 cm (size of detail)
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

636*780
True Color
177 Kb



Maestà (detail of the medallions)
1315
Fresco
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

850*493
True Color
131 Kb



Maestà (detail)
1315
Fresco
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

1000*1122
True Color
168 Kb



Maestà (detail)
1315
Fresco
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

1000*1119
True Color
188 Kb



Maestà (detail of the medallions)
1315
Fresco
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

750*397
True Color
99 Kb



Maestà (detail of the medallions)
1315
Fresco
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

750*321
True Color
73 Kb



Maestà (detail of the medallions)
1315
Fresco
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

1275*900
True Color
205 Kb



View of the Sala del Mappamondo (east wall)
-
Fresco
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

1300*922
True Color
219 Kb



View of the Sala del Mappamondo (east wall)
-
Fresco
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

1205*900
True Color
183 Kb



Maestà (Virgin with Child Enthroned between Saints and Angels)
1315
Fresco, 763 x 970 cm
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

1000*1205
True Color
235 Kb



Maestà (Virgin with Child Enthroned between Saints and Angels)
1315
Fresco, 763 x 970 cm
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

1300*1007
True Color
276 Kb




Summary of paintings by Simone Martini
Early works | The Maestà | Frescoes in the Lower Church, Assisi
Guidoriccio da Fogliano | The Annunciations | Last works
Altarpieces
Altar of St Louis of Toulouse | Cambridge Altarpiece | Pisa Polyptych
Orvieto Polyptych | Agostino Novello Altarpiece | Orsini Polyptych