(b. ca. 1290, Siena, d. 1348, Siena)

Allegory of the Good Government (detail)

Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

The allegorical composition fills the lower part of the walls of the chamber (Sala dei Nove). It symbolically shows the citizenry trustingly gathered around a paternal and reassuring image of Good Government flanked by the figures of the Virtues. Ambrogio has managed to turn a political, if celebratory, image into a living and breathing picture of real people. Even the symbolic figures seem alive and believable. The figure of Peace is particularly fascinating as she reclines languidly on the left.

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