DUCCIO di Buoninsegna
(b. ca. 1255, Siena, d. 1319, Siena)
Appearance to the Apostles (panel 7)1308-11
Tempera on wood, 40 x 52 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena
This scene is on one of the back crowning panels of the Maestà.
Rather than referring to the episode told by Mark (in which Christ reproaches the eleven for not believing those who said they had seen him after his death), the Appearance to the Apostles alludes to the story in Luke, where Jesus appears before the disciples and, to dispel all their doubts, eats with them. The detail of the fish painted on the plates repeats the gospel text to the letter.