Piccolomini Chigi Palace
Palazzo Chigi Piccolomini to Postiera is located in the center of Siena. The palace dates back to the second half of the sixteenth century and was built by Bartolomeo Neroni called "hedgehogs." The Postierla is the ancient Porta Oria in the first walls, incorporated later in the palace during its expansion at the beginning of the thirteenth century. Even today you can observe the Chigi coat of arms of the Oak and the coat of arms of the Piccolomini. The Palace was built on Cristofano Chigi commission of Scipio the early sixteenth century. The decorations of the first and second floor, still present, develop into a central hall with stucco friezes. The rich stucco decoration and fresco was commissioned by Scipione to the masters Marcello Sparta from Urbino (plasterer) and Bernard van Rantwijck (painter). The subjects of the decorations concern mythological elements, allegorical and biblical. Today inside the palace are the photo library, the general store, the restoration archive, the archive and the library Brandi.