The Maestā
by DUCCIO

Duccio's famous Maestā was commissioned by the Siena Cathedral in 1308 and it was completed in 1311. Today most of this elaborate double-sided altarpiece is in the cathedral museum but several of the predella panels are scattered outside Italy in various museums. It is probably the most important panel ever painted in Italy; it is certainly among the most beautiful. Compressed within the compass of an altarpiece is the equivalent of an entire programme for the fresco painting of a church.

The whole of the front of the main panel is occupied by a scene of the Virgin and Child in majesty surrounded by angels and saints, and corresponding to this on the back there are twenty-six scenes from Christ's Passion. Originally there were subsidiary scenes from Christ's life above and below the main panel. The whole work is a superb standard of craftsmanship, and the exquisite colouring and supple draughtsmanship create effects of great beauty.



Preview Picture Data Info
Conjectural reconstrruction of the Maestà (front)
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Digitized reconstruction of panels
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Conjectural reconstrruction of the Maestà (back)
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Digitized reconstruction of panels
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Maestà (Madonna with Angels and Saints)
1308-11
Tempera on wood, 214 x 412 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena


Maestà (detail)
1308-11
Tempera on wood
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena


Maestà (detail)
1308-11
Tempera on wood, 84 x 69 cm (size of detail)
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena


Maestà (detail)
1308-11
Tempera on wood
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena


Maestà (detail)
1308-11
Tempera on wood, 79 x 65 cm (size of detail)
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena


Maestà (detail)
1308-11
Tempera on wood
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena


Maestà (detail)
1308-11
Tempera on wood
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena


Maestà (detail)
1308-11
Tempera on wood, 79 x 65 cm (size of detail)
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena


Maestà (detail)
1308-11
Tempera on wood, 37 x 23 cm (size of detail)
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena


Maestà (detail)
1308-11
Tempera on wood, 37 x 23 cm (size of detail)
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena





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