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Take a peek into a 14th-century household! This painting transplants a biblical story into a busy Sienese bedroom.
Things get ugly when tyrants take over! But with peace, fortitude, and prudence, Siena prospers—an urban paradise.
Many, many panels made up this massive altarpiece. Dedicated to Mary, it stood in the crossing of Siena Cathedral.
City-states vied for the best artists. After Ghiberti dragged his feet, Siena invited Donatello to finish the job.