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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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Maestà (detail 1) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maestà (detail 1) 1308-11
Coronation of the Virgin 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Coronation of the Virgin 1308-11
Way to Calvary 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Way to Calvary 1308-11
Temptation on the Temple 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Temptation on the Temple 1308-11
Announcement of Death to the Virgin (detail 2) 1308... - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Announcement of Death to the Virgin (detail 2) 1308...
Rucellai Madonna (detail 1) 1285 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Rucellai Madonna (detail 1) 1285
Flight into Egypt 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Flight into Egypt 1308-11
Maestà (detail 6) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maestà (detail 6) 1308-11
Madonna and Child with Six Angels 1300-05 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Madonna and Child with Six Angels 1300-05
Crucifix (detail 1) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Crucifix (detail 1) 1308-11
Maestà (detail 3) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maestà (detail 3) 1308-11
Christ Taken Prisoner (detail 1) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Christ Taken Prisoner (detail 1) 1308-11
The Three Marys at the Tomb (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
The Three Marys at the Tomb (detail) 1308-11
Announcement of Death to the Virgin (detail 1) 1308... - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Announcement of Death to the Virgin (detail 1) 1308...
Crown of Thorns 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Crown of Thorns 1308-11
Crucifix (detail 2) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Crucifix (detail 2) 1308-11
Crucifixion triptych, left St. Nicholas, St. Gregory... - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Crucifixion triptych, left St. Nicholas, St. Gregory...
Rucellai Madonna (detail 3) 1285 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Rucellai Madonna (detail 3) 1285
Disputation with the Doctors 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Disputation with the Doctors 1308-11
Crevole Madonna (detail) 1283-84 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Crevole Madonna (detail) 1283-84
Christ and the Samaritan 1308-11 2 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Christ and the Samaritan 1308-11 2
Christ Mocked (detail 2) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Christ Mocked (detail 2) 1308-11
Christ Before Pilate Again (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Christ Before Pilate Again (detail) 1308-11
Flagellation 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Flagellation 1308-11
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