DUCCIO di Buoninsegna
(b. ca. 1255, Siena, d. 1319, Siena)
Transfiguration (scene 8)1308-11
Tempera on wood, 49 x 51 cm
National Gallery, London
This panel is on the back predella of the Maestà.
The abundant use of gold in the Transfiguration, giving it an atmosphere of luminous transparency, is most appropriate to this scene. Peter, John and James, with Moses and Elijah, surround Christ, who is standing immobile in his lavishly highlighted robe. This last particular is conspicuous in the episodes after Christ's death, as if to underline the miraculous nature of the appearances.
The characteristic underdrawing confirms that this panel was designed by Duccio. The condition makes it difficult to assess the extent to which the painting was executed by assistants.