Room G

Milan, Lombardy, and Siena 1470-1540

The display in this room compares and contrasts Sienese, Milanese, and Lombard painting in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. While the two schools of painting exhibit distinctive characteristics which reflected the geo-political divisions of Renaissance Italy, there were also artistic connections. Sodoma, for example, who spent most of his career in Siena was clearly influenced by Leonardo

Leonardo da Vinci resided in Milan between 1483 and 1499. His position as court artist to Duke Ludovico il Moro, enabled him to make crucial developments as an artist, for example painting his famous Last Supper there between 1492 and 1498. Leonardo came to exert an enormous influence on subsequent generations of Lombard artists. Ambrogio de Predis was his business partner during his early years in Milan and came to adapt his innovations in modelling the figure. Marco d’Oggiono served in Leonardo’s studio in the 1490s and was profoundly affected by his chiaroscuro. As was Bernardino Luini, who became the city’s most famous painter in the early decades, and helped shape Lombard painting for the new century.

The Sienese display seeks to show how two artistic traditions co-existed in Renaissance Siena and the variety of commissions requested of artists in this period. Many Sienese paintings were realised using an entirely ‘Renaissance’ vocabulary, that is one that looked to ancient Rome and contemporary Florence. Other Sienese painters drew upon medieval precedents. Viewers might be surprised to learn that Saint Sebastian (1480-1495) by Matteo di Giovanni was painted, at the least, five years after Saints Fabian and Sebastian (about 1475) by Giovanni di Paolo.

Paintings in this room

Domenico Beccafumi: 'Marcia'
Marcia
Domenico Beccafumi
Domenico Beccafumi: 'Tanaquil'
Tanaquil
Domenico Beccafumi
Domenico Beccafumi: 'The Story of Papirius'
The Story of Papirius
Domenico Beccafumi
Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio: 'A Man in Profile'
Portrait of a Man in Profile
Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio
Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio: 'The Virgin and Child'
The Virgin and Child
Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio
Follower of Leonardo da Vinci, Narcissus
Narcissus
Follower of Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio
Cesare da Sesto: 'Salome'
Salome
Cesare da Sesto
Giampietrino: 'Salome'
Salome
Giampietrino
Associate of Leonardo da Vinci: 'An Angel in Green with a Vielle'
An Angel in Green with a Vielle
Associate of Leonardo da Vinci (Francesco Napoletano?)
Master of the Story of Griselda: 'The Story of Patient Griselda, Part I'
The Story of Griselda, Part I: Marriage
Master of the Story of Griselda
Master of the Story of Griselda: 'The Story of Patient Griselda, Part II'
The Story of Griselda, Part II: Exile
Master of the Story of Griselda
Master of the Story of Griselda: 'The Story of Patient Griselda, Part III'
The Story of Griselda, Part III: Reunion
Master of the Story of Griselda
Matteo di Giovanni: 'Saint Sebastian'
Saint Sebastian
Matteo di Giovanni
Associate of Leonardo da Vinci: 'An Angel in Red with a Lute'
An Angel in Red with a Lute
Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis