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

Adoration of the Magi (scene 3)

1308-11
Tempera on wood, 48 x 48 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

This panel is on the front predella of the Maestà.

In this scene, the detail of the king holding his crown on his arm while bending to kiss the child's feet is taken from the pulpit by Nicola Pisano. It is equally interesting to note the two camels, an evident reminder of the eastern origins of the Magi, while a star, badly damaged through loss of colour, shines above the grotto.