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

Announcement of Death to the Virgin (detail)

Tempera on wood
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

The angel, his robe light and fluttering, offers the palm branch to the Virgin - the palma mortis is present in all the episodes as an emblem of death and a symbol of paradise to come.