Madonna of Mercy and Saints Sebastian and Bernardino da Siena

Luca Signorellica. 1490

Fondazione Musei Senesi

Fondazione Musei Senesi
Siena, Italy

This impressive panel from the city's church of San Franceso, representing the Madonna of Mercy and Saints Sebastian and Bernardino from Siena, figures that the artist Luca Signorelli outlined with statuesque robustness probably in the same period of the frescoes in the Chapel of San Brizio in Orvieto, his indiscussed masterpiece. Some lower quality of the painting could suggest the presence of some pupil in the workshop, even the bad conservation couldn't help a correct reading; however here can be traced all the influencing style on Signorelli: the drawing from Florentine tradition, the volumetrical studies of Verrocchio, Ghirlandaio, Francesco di Giorgio, and of course the Roman experience.


  • Title: Madonna of Mercy and Saints Sebastian and Bernardino da Siena
  • Creator Lifespan: ca. 1450 - 1523
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Creator Gender: male
  • Creator Death Place: Cortona
  • Creator Birth Place: Cortona
  • Date Created: ca. 1490
  • painter: Luca Signorelli
  • collocation: Pienza, Diocesan Museum, Province of Siena
  • Place Part Of: Province of Siena
  • Physical Dimensions: w215 x h210 cm
  • Artist Biography: Luca Signorelli was born in Cortona: according to Vasari, he attended the workshop of Piero della Francesca, but probably had also some contacts with Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence. In Rome he collaburated with Perugino in the Sistine Chapel. He had important commissions in Volterra, Orvieto, where he realized his supposed masterpiece, the frescoes in Saint Brizio Chapel, looking forward the great innovation of Michaelangel. In Siena nearby, he worked in the monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, starting the frescoes the finished by Sodoma. He had a very appreciated and prolific workshop.
  • Type: tempera on panel
  • Rights: Comune di Pienza; Diocesi di Montepulciano, Chiusi, Pienza; Fondazione Musei Senesi, Fondazione Musei Senesi
  • External Link: Fondazione Musei Senesi

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