If I would try to reconstruct the life of Simone Martini using only documented facts this essey would have a very short account, with many gaps. However, making use of many of the elements that have been handed down by traditional accounts, I will try to use to reconstruct the great artist's life story.
I will go over the life span of the mastery broadly speaking, and to discuss the details of two of his works, The Maestà and The Annunciation.
„Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures“
~Henry Ward Beecher
Simone Martini was an Italian painter born in Siena. He was the son of a Master Martino specialized in the preparation of the arriccio (or first coat) applied to wall surfaces to be frescoed.
If we should believe GiorgioVasari. (Italian painter, architect and biographer, one of Italy's busiest and most influential Mannerist artists), who tells us that on Simone's tomb there was an epitaph stating that he had died at the age of sixty, then the artist must have been born around 1284. But it should be noticed that nothing is known of Simone's life before 1315. Simone's death, which we know for certain was 4 August 1344.
Simone was important exponent of Gothic painting who did more than any other artist to spread the influence of Sienese painting.
Sienese painting wich was together with Florence, Siena was the chief economic, political, and cultural center of Tuscany in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Although only in 1559 did Siena become part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany under the rule of the Medici
Simone was a major figure in the development of early Italian painting and greatly influenced the development of the International Gothic style.
Simone was very possibly a pupil of Duccio di Buoninsegna, the leading Sienese painter of his time. From Duccio di Buoninsegna, he probably inherited his love of harmonious, pure colours and most of his early figure types. To these he...