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Simone Martini


Simone Martini Painting - Maesta by Simone Martini


Simone Martini Painting - St Luke by Simone Martini

St Luke

Simone Martini Painting - Madonna With Child by Simone Martini

Madonna With Child

Simone Martini Painting - Guidoriccio Da Fogliano by Simone Martini

Guidoriccio Da Fogliano

Allegoria Virgiliana

Altarpiece of Boston

Altarpiece of Cambridge

Altarretabel von Orvieto

Altarpiece of Pisa : Madonna

Coronation of Robert of Anjou, predella

Coronation of Robert of Anjou, predella , detail

The general Riccio da Fogliano Guiddo

The Holy Family

Avignon : Christ Pantocrator with Angels

Avignon : Madonna with Angels

Frescoes in Assisi : Saints

Frescoes in Assisi : Saints

Frescoes in Assisi : Saints

Frescoes in Assisi : Saints, detail

Frescoes in Assisi : Saints

Frescoes in Assisi : Saints

Frescoes in Assisi : Investiture of St. Martin

Frescoes in Assisi : St. Martin sharing his cloak

Frescoes in Assisi : Dream of St. Martin

Frescoes in Assisi : Battle with the crucifix

Frescoes in Assisi : Awakening wonder Detail

Frescoes in Assisi : Awakening wonder Detail

Frescoes in Assisi : The Mass of St. Martin

Frescoes in Assisi : The meditating Saint

Frescoes in Assisi : Death of St. Martin , detail

Frescoes in Assisi : Funeral of St. Martin

Frescoes in Assisi : dedication of the chapel

Entombment of Christ

St John the Evangelist

Crucifix, Christ with Mary and John

Palazzo Pubblico in Siena: Maestà

Mary with the child, fragment

Orsini- altar scene: the Cross

Orsini- altar scene: crucifixion

Orsini- altar scene: the Cross

Orsini- altar scene: Annunciation angel

Orsini- altar scene: Mary of the Annunciation

Blessing Christ

Triptych of the Blessed St. Augustine Novellus

Annunciation triptych

Annunciation triptych

Simone Martini (c. 1284 – 1344) was an Italian painter born in Siena. He was a major figure in the development of early Italian painting and greatly influenced the development of the International Gothic style. It is thought that Martini was a pupil of Duccio di Buoninsegna, the leading Sienese painter of his time. According to late Renaissance art biographer Giorgio Vasari, Simone was instead a pupil of Giotto di Bondone, with whom he went to Rome to paint at the Old St. Peter's Basilica, Giotto also executing a mosaic there. Martini's brother-in-law was the artist Lippo Memmi. Very little documentation of Simone's life survives, and many attributions are debated by art historians.


Simone was doubtlessly apprenticed from an early age, as would have been the normal practice. Among his first documented works is the Maestà of 1315 in the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena. A copy of the work, executed shortly thereafter by Lippo Memmi in San Gimignano, testifies to the enduring influence Simone's prototypes would have on other artists throughout the 14th century. Perpetuating the Sienese tradition, Simone's style contrasted with the sobriety and monumentality of Florentine art, and is noted for its soft, stylized, decorative features, sinuosity of line, and courtly elegance. Simone's art owes much to French manuscript illumination and ivory carving: examples of such art were brought to Siena in the fourteenth century by means of the Via Francigena, a main pilgrimage and trade route from Northern Europe to Rome.

Simone's other major works include the St. Louis of Toulouse Crowning the King at the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples (1317), the Saint Catherine of Alexandria Polyptych in Pisa (1319) and the Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus at the Uffizi in Florence (1333), as well as frescoes in the San Martino Chapel in the lower church of the Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi. Francis Petrarch became a friend of Simone's while in Avignon, and two of Petrarch's sonnets (Canzoniere 96 and 130) make reference to a portrait of Laura de Noves that Simone supposedly painted for the poet (according to Vasari).

A Christ Discovered in the Temple (1342) is in the collections of Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery.

Simone Martini died while in the service of the Papal court at Avignon in 1344.


Vasari, Giorgio; translation by George Bull (1965). Lives of the Artists. Penguin Classics.

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