Barna da Siena  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Barna da Siena, also known as Barna di Siena, was a Sienese painter active from about 1330 to 1350, and was the painter in Siena during this period. He learned his trade from Simone Martini. Barna is believed to have paint the frescoes depicting the life of Jesus in the Collegiata di San Gimignano and is generally credited with Christ Bearing the Cross, with a Dominican Friar in the Frick Collection in New York City. He was killed in a fall from the scaffolding. Barna's figures are more dramatic and vigorous than any in previous Sienese painting.


In the 20th Century however, Barna was provedTemplate:Fact to be a myth, and despite a life by Vasari, no such artist existed. His work is a mixture of those by artists such as Simone Martini.


  • Cecchi, Emilio, Sienese Painters of the Trecento, London, F. Warne, 1931.
  • Ghiberti, Lorenzo, Lorenzo Ghiberti, I commentarii, Biblioteca nazionale centrale di Firenze, Firenze, Giunti, 1998.
  • Vasari, Giorgio, Le Vite delle piĆ¹ eccellenti pittori, scultori, ed architettori, many editions and translations.

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