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

Attributed to the Workshop of Giovanni Bellini: 'The Adoration of the Kings'
The Adoration of the Kings
Workshop of Giovanni Bellini
Benvenuto di Giovanni: 'Saint Nicholas'
Saint Nicholas
Benvenuto di Giovanni
Benvenuto di Giovanni: 'Saint Peter'
Saint Peter
Benvenuto di Giovanni
Benvenuto di Giovanni: 'The Virgin and Child'
The Virgin and Child
Benvenuto di Giovanni
Giovanni Battista da Faenza: 'The Incredulity of Saint Thomas'
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas
Giovanni Battista Bertucci the Elder
Giovanni Battista da Faenza, The Virgin and Child in Glory
The Virgin and Child in Glory
Giovanni Battista Bertucci the Elder
Attributed to Bartolomeo Caporali: 'Saint Bartholomew'
Saint Bartholomew
Probably by Bartolomeo Caporali
Attributed to Bartolomeo Caporali: 'Saint John the Baptist'
Saint John the Baptist
Probably by Bartolomeo Caporali
Jean-François Detroy: 'Time unveiling Truth'
Time unveiling Truth
Jean-François Detroy
Domenichino and assistants: 'The Flaying of Marsyas'
The Flaying of Marsyas
Domenichino and assistants
Ridolfo Ghirlandaio: 'The Procession to Calvary'
The Procession to Calvary
Ridolfo Ghirlandaio
Girolamo da Treviso: 'The Adoration of the Kings'
The Adoration of the Kings
Girolamo da Treviso
Attributed to Dosso Dossi: 'A Bacchanal'
A Bacchanal
Italian, Ferrarese
Lorenzo d'Alessandro da Sanseverino: 'The Marriage of Saint Catherine of Siena'
The Marriage of Saint Catherine of Siena
Lorenzo d'Alessandro da Sanseverino
Zanobi Machiavelli: 'The Virgin and Child'
The Virgin and Child
Zanobi Machiavelli
Marco Marziale: 'The Circumcision'
The Circumcision
Marco Marziale
Altobello Melone: 'The Road to Emmaus'
The Road to Emmaus
Altobello Melone
Anton Raphael Mengs: 'Noli me tangere'
Noli me tangere
Anton Raphael Mengs
Attributed to Bartolomeo Montagna, The Virgin and Child
The Virgin and Child
Probably by Bartolomeo Montagna
After Nicolas Poussin: 'The Triumph of Silenus'
The Triumph of Silenus
After Nicolas Poussin
Attributed to David Teniers the Younger: 'A Gipsy Fortune Teller in a Hilly Landscape'
A Gipsy Fortune Teller in a Hilly Landscape
Probably by David Teniers the Younger
Lucas van Uden: 'Peasants merry-making before a Country House'
Peasants merry-making before a Country House
Lucas van Uden and David Teniers the Younger
Jacques-Antoine Vallin: 'Dr Forlenze'
Dr Forlenze
Jacques-Antoine Vallin