L’Assunta, 1430-35 approx., by Domenico di Bartolo (active from 1420 to 1444), tempera on panel.

L’Assunta probably used to hang on top ofabove one of the altars of the Church. Since the Church was built after the painting, however, l’Assunta was probably painted with a different collocation in mind. After many discussions, critics attributed the painting, dating back to the third decade of the XIV Century, to painter Domenico di Bartolo.
The painting depicts the Virgin from the front, praying. Bartolo’s style is recognizable from the painting’s rich decoration and chromatic rigour as well as from the plastic effectplastic effect of small details such as the fingers, the eyes and the chin.

This Madonna is a reproduction of the figure from the “Assunzione” by Simone Martini, once a fresco on the Antiporto di Camollia, in Siena. Before being moved for safety reasons, the painting used to hang in the Church of San Raimondo. Its original collocation remains unknown. According to the latest studies, the painting dates back to around 1433, when the “Madonna dell’Umiltà” was painted. The “Madonna dell’Umiltà”, which can be found inside the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena, is particularly beautiful because of its soft light, the plastic effects of even the smallest details and the rigour of the overall composition.

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