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

Burial of the Virgin (detail)

Tempera on wood
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

The mourners bend down a long way over the dead woman's corps, which is being lowered into the sarcophagus on a winding sheet. As he raises a hand to his mouth, one of the apostles in the background reveals his shock and grief.