Oratorio di San Bernardino
Piazza S. Francesco, 7, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
The Monumental complex of the Oratory of San Bernardino in Siena boasts two overlapping orders: the lower oratory, frescoed by the best Sienese painters of the 1600s, and the upper oratory, with its walls entirely decorated with episodes from the Life of the Virgin Mary by the most important Sienese painters of the early 1500s, like Pacchia, Il Sodoma and Beccafumi. In the rooms adjacent to the oratory, you can find the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, home to a priceless collection of artworks, making it an important centre for the history of sacred art in the Siena area.
You can admire masterpieces of Sienese painting from the 13th to 18th centuries, like the painting St. George and the Dragon by Sano di Pietro and the famous Nursing Madonna by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, an icon of the 1300s, as well as the splendid Annunciation by Matteo di Giovanni and Christ Carrying the Cross by Domenico Beccafumi.