Wk 4 – Task 4c Visual Analysis

Wk 4 – Task 4c Visual Analysis



The effects of Good Governement. Ambrogio Lorenzetti.1339. Painting.


Questions about production of image

When was it made? 

It was made between the years of February 26, 1338 and May 29, 13339.


Who made it?

It was made by Ambrogio Lorenzetti of the Lorenzetti brothers. Both were artists from


Was it made for someone else?

It was made more specififcally for the council and the Palazzo Publico


What technologies does it’s production depend on?

It was a fresco painting on a wooden panel so requires no technologies as it was made during the Early Renaissance period.

What were the social identities of the maker, the owner, and the subject?

The artist, Ambrogio Lorenzetti was a painter originally from the


He was a


Does the genre of the image address these identities and relations of its production?


Does the form of the image reconstitute those identities and relations?

Questions about image

What is being shown? What are the components of the image? How aere they arranged?

The effects of good governement is shown here. The city is Siena (Italy) and represents how the town will function from the resulting of good governement. There are women dancing in the streets,

What is its material form?

It’s material form is the plaster wall it was painted on in the medium of fresco.


Is it one of a series?

Yes, it was part of a series of paintings in the

Where is the viewer’s eye drawn to the image, and why?


What is the vantage point of the image?


What relationships are established between the components of the image visually ?

What use is made of colour>


How was technology affected the text?


What is or are, the genre(s) of the image? is it a documentary, soap opera, or melodrama?

To what extent does this image draw on the characteristics of its genre?

What do the different components of an image signify?

What knowledges are deployed?

Whose knowledges are excluded from this representation ?

Question about audience

Who were the original audience(s) for this image?

Where and how would the text have been displayed originally?

How was it circulated?

How is it re-displayed?

Who are the most recent audiences for this text?

where is the spectator positioned in relation to the components of the image?

What relation does this produce between the image and its viewers>

Is the image one of a series and how do the preceding and the subsequent images affect its meaning?

Would the image have had a written text to guide its interpretation on its initial moment of display, for example, a caption or a catalogue entry?

how are these audiences different from each other in terms of class, gender, race, and sexuality etc,

how do these axes of social identity structure different interpretations.



Works Cited

Rose, Gillian. Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to the Interpretation of Visual Materials. London: Sage, 2001. Print.



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