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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Pietro di Francesco degli Orioli

Peter Orioli [Pietro di Francesco degli Orioli] 1458 - 1496
The Virgin and Child with Saints Jerome, Bernardino, Catherine of Alexandria and Francis About 1487-90
Tempera and gold on panel
74.6 cm x 52.7 cm
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Peter Orioli [Pietro di Francesco degli Orioli]1458 - 1496
Nativity about 1494-1496
Tempera on panel,
66.5 x 49.5 cm
Private collection

Pietro Orioli was the pre-eminent painter of his generation in Siena at the end of the fifteenth century.

There are parallels between Orioli's work and the non-realist style of the Florentine Sandro Botticelli

He died young, and was lamented for his artistic talent and for his exemplary piety. He is known from documents to have been a particularly devout individual.

His family owned rural property near Capriola, at least two of which properties were left to the Monastery dell`Osservanza in Siena. This was the Convent of St Bernardino of Siena

He himself is buried in the Basilica dell`Osservanza in Siena

The Image of S. Bernardino (above) corresponds to the image of S Bernardino in the Osservanza in Siena.