From the Servite church of the city of Siena, Santa Maria dei Servi (click image to enlarge.)This was painted in the 1330s by Pietro Lorenzetti, along with the brothers Francesco and Niccolò di Segna. The scene is set in Siena itself, the famous cathedral of which is seen at the middle of the top. Below the border is a famous quotation from Macrobius, a writer of the early fifth century, from the second book of his Saturnalia, “Melius esse porcum Herodis quam filium. – It is better to be Herod’s pig than his son.”The full citation is as follows: “Cum

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