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by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
June 10, 2008
From journal Sainted Siena
May 5, 2001
Lorenzetti's landscapes, "A Town on the Sea" and "Castle on the Banks of a Lake," are thought to be inspired by the architecture and landscape of Siena... also valued as some of the first landscape paintings in European art. To me, these paintings are worth the whole visit. I continue to admire even my postcards of the pieces that I have from the museum. What is very striking to note is the similarity in ambiance with present-day Siena. Also, it is incredible to see the correlation and progression of the Sienese painters over the time span represented in the galleries.
So that you don't miss the opportunity to spend time at the Pinacoteca, check the hours of the museum posted outside. There are a few days that the galleries are closed, and when I was there, it was only open in the mornings. I visited the museum twice to fully enjoy the collection. Bring a sketchbook!
From journal Retreat with St. Catherine