Day School: Siena: The Art of a Medieval Republic

Ref: C3744344

This exciting day school will take a wide ranging view of the cultural heritage of this beautiful city. We begin with a brief historical background in order to introduce some of the outstanding monuments such as the Palazzo Pubblico and the great Duomo. We then examine the extensive programmes of art which were created to beautify these buildings mostly in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, In particular we study Duccio's double sided altarpiece, the 'Maesta', Simone Martini's work in the Council Chamber and the famous secular fresco series, 'Good and Bad Government' by Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Later we consider the important role played by sculpture in the artistic life of the city. The final session will assess the impact of Siena's changed political and cultural status in the later fifteenth and sixteenth centuries with works by Sodoma and Beccafumi .

Course aim

The course aims to study the arts of the Sienese Republic, the 'city of art', between 14C-16C through a variety of secular and religious works created for both public and private patrons by masters such as Duccio, and the Lorenzetti brothers.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • describe the major works of art in Siena
  • evaluate the contribution made to the city by some individual masters both in painting and in sculpture
  • identify key elements of the political and economic background to the creation of these works of art
  • analyse the motives of the patrons in spending such large sums on programmes of art and architecture for the city.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Students are provided with a number of detailed handouts throughout the day but students often wish to bring a notebook to record their own thoughts.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course information sheet

Day School: Siena: The Art of a Medieval Republic


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing