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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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Madonna and Child 1295-1305 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Madonna and Child 1295-1305
Last Supper (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Last Supper (detail) 1308-11
Maesta (detail 5) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maesta (detail 5) 1308-11
Pilate's First Interrogation of Christ 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Pilate's First Interrogation of Christ 1308-11
Madonna of the Franciscans c. 1300 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Madonna of the Franciscans c. 1300
Maesta (detail 2) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maesta (detail 2) 1308-11
Maesta (detail 7) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maesta (detail 7) 1308-11
Jeremiah 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Jeremiah 1308-11
Madonna of the Franciscans (detail) c. 1300 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Madonna of the Franciscans (detail) c. 1300
Polyptych No. 28, 1300-05 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Polyptych No. 28, 1300-05
Funeral (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Funeral (detail) 1308-11
Rucellai Madonna (detail 2) 1285 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Rucellai Madonna (detail 2) 1285
Isaiah 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Isaiah 1308-11
Maesta, altarpiece of Siena cathedral, front, predella... - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maesta, altarpiece of Siena cathedral, front, predella...
Maesta, altarpiece of Siena cathedral, front, predella... - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maesta, altarpiece of Siena cathedral, front, predella...
Christ before Annas and Peter Denying Jesus - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Christ before Annas and Peter Denying Jesus
Maesta, altarpiece of Siena cathedral, reverse, main... - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Maesta, altarpiece of Siena cathedral, reverse, main...
Temptation on the Mount (detail) - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Temptation on the Mount (detail)
Virgin and Baby - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Virgin and Baby
Christ appears Magdalena - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.ducciodibuoninsegna.org
Christ appears Magdalena
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