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Mischief in Tuscany

Running Wild in a Famous Italian Painting

Nancy Shroyer Howard

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by N. Shroyer Howard

March 2008

Hardback with cover
15,6 x 22,1 cm; 48 pages; colour illustrations
A folding reproduction of the frescoed walls is pasted inside the book

978-88-7461-094-5 English
978-88-7461-093-8 Italian
978-88-7461-095-2 French
978-88-7461-133-1 German

The book relates the adventures of Cinta, a pig of the 'cinta senese' breed (dark with a large white stripe) portrayed in the famous 14th-century fresco cycle The Effects of Good and Bad Government in the City and Countryside by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena. Cinta moves around the various scenes in the fresco - it strolls through the countryside, enters the city, goes to the marketplace, eats everything in sight, causes commotion in the streets, appears before the Virtues guiding the city - and interacts with various characters before returning safely home to its farm. The character of Cinta is drawn in pencil, while all the other scenes are details from the original fresco.

THE AUTHOR
Nancy Shroyer Howard is a museum educator, formerly with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The Museums at Stony Brook, New York.