VALDAMBRINO, Francesco di
(b. 1363, ?, d. 1435, Siena)

San Crescenzio

c. 1406
Polychromed wood, height 36 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

A friend and assistant to Jacopo della Quercia, Francesco di Valdambrino had also taken part in the competition of 1401 for the second Baptistry door in Florence. Various works have been attributed to him on the basis if three documented polychromed busts depicting the patrons of Siena, San Crescenzio, San Savino and San Vittore, which were commissioned from him in 1408. Because of their small dimensions, these works are rather different from the large wooden statues that have been attributed to the artist.

The freshness of San Crescenzio's face is rendered with a still-Gothic preciseness combined with very rich modelling.