One of the greatest Italian painters of the Middle Ages
Duccio di Buoninsegna (c. 1255-1260 – c. 1318-1319) was an Italian artist,
active in the city of Siena in Tuscany, where he was born, in the late 13th
and early fourteenth centuries.
The father of Sienese painting and along with a few others the founder
of Western art.
Duccio was a master of tempera.
One of the first painters to put figures in architectural settings. He began
to explore and investigate depth and space.
His known works are on wood panel, painted in egg tempera and
embellished with gold leaf.
Used Warm colors in his painting.
He also had a refined attention to emotion, not seen in other painters at this
He used modeling (playing with light and dark colors)
KNOWN SURVIVING WORKS
Madonna with Child - Tempera and gold on wood, Museo d'arte sacra della Val d'Arbia, Buonconvento,
Madonna with Child and two Angels (Also known as the Crevole Madonna; c. 1280) - Tempera and gold
on wood, Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, Siena
Madonna with Child enthroned and six Angels (c. 1285) - Also known as the Rucellai Madonna /
Madonna Rucellai - Tempera and gold on wood, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy (on deposit
from Santa Maria Novella)
Crucifix - Tempera on wood, Odescalchi Collection, Rome, formerly in the Castello Orsini at Bracciano
Crucifix of San Francesco in Grosseto (1289), - Grosseto, Church of San Francesco
Madonna of the Franciscans (c. 1300) - Tempera and gold on wood, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena
Assumption, Burial and Crowning of the Virgin - Stained glass window, Siena Cathedral
Maestà - Tempera and gold on wood - Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland
Madonna and Child - Tempera and gold on wood, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (formerly in
the Stoclet Collection, Brussels, Belgium)
Madonna with Child and six Angels - Tempera and gold on wood, Galleria Nazionale
dell'Umbria, Perugia, Italy
The Virgin and Child with Saints Dominic and Aurea,
tempera on wood
JESUS TAKEN PRISONER - BY DUCCIO
This tempera on wood, created by Duccio between 130811, shows Judas as he identifies Jesus (by kissing him on
the cheek). Peter (on the left side of the painting) reacts
by cutting off the ear of one of the men