Siena and Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Frescoes: Tyrants, Tricksters, and Treasure with Kristin Stasiowski

Siena and Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Frescoes: Tyrants, Tricksters, and Treasure with Kristin Stasiowski


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Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s frescoes in the Sala Dei Nove in Siena, Italy have inspired viewers for generations with their extended meditation on the relationship of “good and bad government” to the citizens of this beautiful Tuscan hill town. Known to art historians simply as the “buon governo” frescoes, this fresco cycle—completed just before the famous plague of 1348 known as the Black Death---is one of the first examples of an attempt to discuss ideas that would later be recognized as a form of early civic humanism.

This discussion will offer an in-depth reading of the images presented in this cycle with an emphasis placed on the intertextual nature of the political, philosophical, educational, and literary contexts that are presented in the series. By placing the frescoes in their original context, we will uncover and explore the historical realities of civic life in the Middle Ages with an eye to striking modern-day parallels especially in regard to the successes and failures of political leadership, social justice, and civic pride.

Led by an expert in Italian literature and history, Kristin Stasiowski, Ph.D., this interactive seminar will introduce participants to the rich and dynamic history of the city of Siena through an in-depth discussion of this particular fresco cycle. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the relationship that art can have on civic life.

Kristin Stasiowski, Ph.D. is the Assistant Dean of International Programs and Education Abroad for the College of Arts and Sciences and is also an Assistant Professor of Italian Language and Literature in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Kent State University. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in Italian Language and Literature and has taught Italian language, literature, cinema, history, and culture in both the United States and Florence, Italy prior to arriving at Kent State. Her current research is on Italian author Clemente Rebora.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Reading 14th-Century Frescoes That Matter NOW
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A Hidden Siena Gem
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Reading 14th-Century Frescoes That Matter NOW
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K.
The Next Best Thing To Being There!