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Simone Martini


Paintings

Simone Martini Painting - Maesta by Simone Martini

Maesta

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.

Biography

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.

Sources

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

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