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Mischief in Tuscany

Mischief in Tuscany

Running Wild in a Famous Italian Painting

By (author) Nancy Shroyer Howard


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  • In a 14th-century fresco in the Palazzo Pubblico, a pig is seen entering the noble city of Siena. This is the story of that pig
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The book relates the adventures of Cinta, a pig of the ‘cinta senese’ breed (dark with a large white stripe) portrayed in the famous 14th-century fresco cycle The Effects of Good and Bad Government in the City and Countryside by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena. Cinta moves around the various scenes in the fresco – it strolls through the countryside, enters the city, goes to the marketplace, eats everything in sight, causes commotion in the streets, appears before the Virtues guiding the city – and interacts with various characters before returning safely home to its farm. The character of Cinta is drawn in pencil, while all the other scenes are details from the original fresco.

About the Author
Nancy Shroyer Howard is a museum educator, formerly with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The Museums at Stony Brook, New York.
18th Jul 2008
World excluding Italy
215 mm x 150 mm
48 Pages
57 color, 8 b&w
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