(b. ca. 1454, Perugia, d. 1513, Siena)

Ceiling decoration

Piccolomini Library, Duomo, Siena

The library vaulting, distinguished by its wealth of colour and figures, is one of the earliest surviving examples of a deliberate and very precise imitation of classical design. It has yet to be determined whether the figures and scenes incorporated into the picture compartments of the library vaulting represent some specific iconographic concept or simply arbitrary borrowings from classical models.

The decoration consists of grotesque decor, donor coats of arms, dedicatory inscription, allegorical and mythological scenes.

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