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Duccio di Buoninsegna (c. 1255-1260 - c. 1318-1319) was one of the most influential Italian artists of his time. Born in Siena, Tuscany, he worked mostly with pigment and egg tempera and like most of his contemporaries he painted religious subject matters. He has influenced Simone Martini and the brothers Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti, among others.

His works include the Rucellai Madonna (1285) for Santa Maria Novella (now in the Uffizi) and the fabled Maesta (1308-11), his masterpiece, for Siena's cathedral. The centre of the Maesta depicts the Virgin and Child enthroned and surrounded by angels and saints. He also painted a work known as the Stoclet Madonna, the name stemming from its previous ownership by Stoclet in his collection in Brussels. The Madonna, painted on a wooden panel around the year 1300, was purchased in November 2004 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for an estimated sum of 45 million USD, the most expensive purchase ever by the museum. In 2006 James Beck, a scholar at Columbia University, stated that he believes the painting is a nineteenth century forgery; the Metropolitan Museum's curator of European Paintings has disputed Beck's assertion. (From Wikipedia)

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Annunciation 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Annunciation 1308-11
Nativity between Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Nativity between Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel 1308-11
Announcement of Death to the Virgin 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Announcement of Death to the Virgin 1308-11
Christ Mocked 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Christ Mocked 1308-11
The Last Supper - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
The Last Supper
Stories of the Passion (Maesta, verso) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Stories of the Passion (Maesta, verso) 1308-11
Rucellai Madonna 1285 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Rucellai Madonna 1285
The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew 1308-1311 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew 1308-1311
Appearence Behind Locked Doors 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Appearence Behind Locked Doors 1308-11
Maesta (Detail From The Maesta Alterpiece) (or Entry... - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maesta (Detail From The Maesta Alterpiece) (or Entry...
Maesta - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maesta
Conjectural reconstrruction of the Maesta (back) - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Conjectural reconstrruction of the Maesta (back)
Christ Accused by the Pharisees (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Christ Accused by the Pharisees (detail) 1308-11
Crucifixion 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Crucifixion 1308-11
Christ Accused by the Pharisees 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Christ Accused by the Pharisees 1308-11
Temptation on the Mount (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Temptation on the Mount (detail) 1308-11
Agony in the Garden 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Agony in the Garden 1308-11
Road to Emmaus 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Road to Emmaus 1308-11
The Three Marys at the Tomb 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
The Three Marys at the Tomb 1308-11
Conjectural reconstrruction of the Maesta (front) - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Conjectural reconstrruction of the Maesta (front)
Annunciation (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Annunciation (detail) 1308-11
London triptych, Madonna with the main table in tympanum... - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
London triptych, Madonna with the main table in tympanum...
Doubting Thomas 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Doubting Thomas 1308-11
Washing of the Feet 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Washing of the Feet 1308-11
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