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

The Prophet Malachi (prophet 4)

Tempera on wood, 43 x 16 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

The prophet is Malachi, whose figure in Carli's opinion is reminiscent of the Plato by Giovanni Pisano on the Cathedral façade, and who announces the theme of salvation: "Veniet ad templum sanctum suum dominator dominus quem vos queritis, et angelum testamenti quem vos vultis" (Malachi 3, 1: The Lord whom you desire will enter his holy temple, and the messenger of the convenat whom you yearn for).