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

Appearance Behind Locked Doors (detail)

Tempera on wood
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

Fearing for their lives, the disciples have fled into a house and keep the doors locked. Christ appears to them outside a barred and bolted wooden door, in front of which a beam has also been fixed for extra security. The figure of the resurrected Christ, who dominates the centre of the picture, is perfectly framed by the door reveal and the arch above the door. The distinction between the presence of the disciples and Christ is again made clear by Duccio's different treatment of the various garments.