Ambrogio Lorenzetti – Effects of Good Government in the city (1338 – 1339).
The Allegory of Good and Bad Government is a series of frescoes painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti from around February 26, 1338 to May 29, 1339.The frescoes are painted in the Renaissance style, but with a Medieval touch to it. The paintings are located in the Sala dei Nove (Salon of Nine or Council Room) in the Palazzo Pubblico (or Town Hall) of the city of Siena, Italy. The series consists of six different scenes: Allegory of Good Government, Allegory of Bad Government, Effects of Bad Government in the City, Effects of Good Government in the City and Effects of Good Government in the Country.In the Good City we can see a panoramic view of a medieval city and its surroundings. The display itself, featuring a dome of a cathedral, black and white belfry, and buildings made of bricks, is much similar to Siena. Also, the fresco depicts all sorts of human activities within the city that are needed in order to have a well organized city. These include various manufactures, builders, and even leasure represented as dancing in the forefront of the fresco. On the right of the city, there is a panorama of a village, i.e. suburb. It depicts a series of human activities related to land and animal cultivation. Above the village there is a personification of Security, who holds a small gallows in one hand, and a scroll with text in another.