A visit to the “Biccherna” in Siena

From the 12th century till 1682,  every year the city of Siena commissioned the best local artists to paint covers for the  annual city financial records. Known as the “Biccherna”, these hand-painted tablets have been preserved and are displayed in the city archives in glass cabinets  along with rooms filled with shelves snd shelves of the records themselves.

Everyone was awed by the artwork, the records, and the space itself.

One of the original Biccherna intact.
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