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An old fresco for a modern debate


In 1337, the government of Siena in central Italy asked the painter Ambrogio Lorenzetti to depict its political manifesto and idea of governance. Over the next two years, Lorenzetti would paint a cycle of frescoes on the walls of the hall where the city rulers met.

The Markets for People debate series tables a similar topic: How do policy decisions affect the lives of citizens in concrete terms? The detail we chose is from The Effects of Good Government in the Countryside (click here for a fuller picture).