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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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Christ and the Samaritan 1308-11 2 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Christ and the Samaritan 1308-11 2
Life of Mary - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Life of Mary
Christ Before Pilate Again (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Christ Before Pilate Again (detail) 1308-11
Death of the Virgin (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Death of the Virgin (detail) 1308-11
Gualino Madonna after 1285 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Gualino Madonna after 1285
Slaughter of the Innocents (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Slaughter of the Innocents (detail) 1308-11
Madonna and Child 1280s - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Madonna and Child 1280s
Maesta (detail 8) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maesta (detail 8) 1308-11
Entry into Jerusalem (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Entry into Jerusalem (detail) 1308-11
Presentation in the Temple 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Presentation in the Temple 1308-11
Maesta (detail 9) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maesta (detail 9) 1308-11
Wedding at Cana (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Wedding at Cana (detail) 1308-11
Funeral 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Funeral 1308-11
Maesta (detail 4) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maesta (detail 4) 1308-11
Malachi 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Malachi 1308-11
Polyptych No. 47 (detail) 1311 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Polyptych No. 47 (detail) 1311
Christ Taken Prisoner (detail 2) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Christ Taken Prisoner (detail 2) 1308-11
Madonna and Child (no. 593) 1280s - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Madonna and Child (no. 593) 1280s
Disputation with the Doctors (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Disputation with the Doctors (detail) 1308-11
Ezekiel 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Ezekiel 1308-11
Parting from St John (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Parting from St John (detail) 1308-11
Nativity (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Nativity (detail) 1308-11
Pilate Washing his Hands (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Pilate Washing his Hands (detail) 1308-11
Pilate's First Interrogation of Christ 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Pilate's First Interrogation of Christ 1308-11
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