Madonna and Child with the Annunciation and the Nativity

Goodhart Ducciesque Master Italian

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This delicately painted panel is by a close follower of Duccio and employs some of his favorite devices, such as the Child playing with the veil of the Virgin, who engages the gaze of the viewer-worshipper. Its small size made it perfect for private devotion, as it could be easily moved. The scenes of the Annunciation and Nativity helped focus meditation on the life of the Virgin. The frame is original; the panel is decorated on its reverse.

Madonna and Child with the Annunciation and the Nativity, Goodhart Ducciesque Master (Italian, Siena, active ca. 1315–30), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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