Palazzo Pubblico: Lorenzetti’s Allegory of Good and Bad Government

One of the greatest artworks of the 14th century, The Allegory of Good and Bad Government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, is housed in Siena’s Palazzo Pubblico, and it’s absolutely unmissable. This enormous, impressive series of frescoes is considered Lorenzetti’s masterpiece, and its scale, innovation, and high level of artistic achievement truly make it a sight to behold. It was commissioned for the council hall of Siena’s leading magistrates, and it served as a reminder to them of how they should rule. Discover its history and symbolism, and you’ll see that its message still remains as relevant and powerful as ever.