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Duccio and the Origins of Western Painting

Duccio and the Origins of Western Painting
[adapted from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v. 66, no. 1 (Summer, 2008)]

Christiansen, Keith
61 pages
53 illustrations
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In 2004 the Metropolitan Museum acquired an extremely rare and beautiful Madonna and Child by the great painter Duccio di Buoninsegna. Duccio, who died in 1318, has long been recognized as the father of Sienese painting, and he fostered a new generation of talented and innovative painters. In art history textbooks, however, his considerable contribution to European painting is often overshadowed by the work of his contemporary Giotto. Christiansen examines the fascinating connection between Giotto and Duccio, which he likens to Michelangelo's relationship with Raphael, or Picasso's with Matisse, and explains the particular qualities that make Duccio such an essential artist.

The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, Queen of France, Jean Pucelle  French, Grisaille, tempera, and ink on vellum, French
Jean Pucelle
ca. 1324–28
Madonna and Child, Simone Martini  Italian, Tempera on wood, gold ground
Simone Martini
ca. 1326
Triptych, Elephant ivory, paint, gilding  with metal mounts, North French
North French
Madonna and Child, Duccio di Buoninsegna  Italian, Tempera and gold on wood
Duccio di Buoninsegna
ca. 1290–1300
The Crucifixion, Pietro Lorenzetti  Italian, Tempera and gold leaf on wood
Pietro Lorenzetti
Madonna and Child with Donors, Giovanni da Milano  Italian, Tempera on wood, gold ground
Giovanni da Milano
ca. 1365
Madonna and Child, Giovanni Bellini  Italian, Oil on wood
Giovanni Bellini
late 1480s

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———. 2008. Duccio and the Origins of Western Painting. New York : New Haven: Metropolitan Museum of Art ; Yale University Press.