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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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Parting from the Apostles 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Parting from the Apostles 1308-11
DUCCIO Di Buoninsegna - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
DUCCIO Di Buoninsegna
Life of Mary - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Life of Mary
Maesta (detail 8) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maesta (detail 8) 1308-11
Slaughter of the Innocents (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Slaughter of the Innocents (detail) 1308-11
Gualino Madonna after 1285 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Gualino Madonna after 1285
Madonna and Child 1280s - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Madonna and Child 1280s
Parting from St John (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Parting from St John (detail) 1308-11
Entry into Jerusalem (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Entry into Jerusalem (detail) 1308-11
Death of the Virgin (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Death of the Virgin (detail) 1308-11
Maesta (detail 9) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maesta (detail 9) 1308-11
Presentation in the Temple 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Presentation in the Temple 1308-11
Funeral 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Funeral 1308-11
Wedding at Cana (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Wedding at Cana (detail) 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
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
Polyptych No. 47 (detail) 1311 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Polyptych No. 47 (detail) 1311
Ezekiel 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Ezekiel 1308-11
Disputation with the Doctors (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Disputation with the Doctors (detail) 1308-11
Hosea 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Hosea 1308-11
Madonna and Child 1295-1305 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Madonna and Child 1295-1305
Pilate Washing his Hands (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Pilate Washing his Hands (detail) 1308-11
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