The Credo of the Siena Cathedral Sacristy (1411–1412)
The Sacristy of the Duomo of Siena (1408–1413) was one of the major civic projects undertaken during the years following the fall of the Visconti. The nine extant panels of the Credo cycle, generally attributed to Benedetto di Bindo, are recognized as lucid, visionary icons of belief. This essay draws attention to certain previously unknown documentary indications of the likely setting, date, and authorship of the cycle, and proposes some explanations for the choice of its unusual subject. It is clear that Benedetto di Bindo worked in close collaboration, from 1411, with Giusa di Fruosino, and the panels' decorative emphasis on the Nicaean Creed relates to Siena's attitude to heresy and papal authority. Sassetta's later work, especially his Arte della Lana altarpiece (1423–1426), is indebted to the work of this preceding generation.
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