DUCCIO di Buoninsegna
(b. ca. 1255, Siena, d. 1319, Siena)

Maestà (detail)

Tempera on wood
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

Her extraordinary size proclaims Mary as the unchallenged protagonist of the panel, even in respect of the Child, who is neither making a gesture of benediction nor turning towards his mother but is silently watching the faithful.