Duccio`s Maesta Altarpiece


Duccio`sMaesta Altarpiece



Duccio`sMaesta Altarpiece

Maestà,&nbspwhichis Italian: “Majesty” is a&nbspdouble-sidedaltarpieces that was executed for the cathedral of Siena by anItalian painter Duccio. The art is one of the largest altarpieces ofits time that consist of a wide central panel containing the Virginand Child that were adored by the patrons of Siena with saints andangels surrounding (Seiler, 2002). Beneath there is a predella withseven scenes from Christ childhood above there were pinnacles withoutlook from the life of the Virgin while on the back there werescenes from the life of Christ. The main panel as well as the bulk ofthe narrative scenes now are in the Museo dell’Opera Metropolitana,, Siena, Piazza del Duomo However, isolated panels from thealtarpiece have are in the National Gallery and in the NationalGallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Thecharacteristics that depicts this work strengths are the sceneries that shows the flow of events. This is well explained by the view ofthe art especially on the main pannel

Themain panel on the front portrays Mary, holding her son on her lap. Itshows her seated on an ornate marble throne found in the midst ofangels and saints. There is inscription around the base of the thronethat contains two prayers. The Virgin is requested to grant peace toSiena as well as glory to Duccio who has painted the scene(Earenfight, 1994). St. John the Evangelist is on the left to thethrone, he is shown as an old man with a beard, holding a book.


Earenfight,P. J. (January 01, 1994). Manuscript to altarpiece: Duccio`s Maestàpassion cycle and medieval illuminations. Source,6-13.

Seiler,P. (January 01, 2002). Duccio`s Maestà: The function of the scenesfrom the Life of Christ on the reverse of the altarpiece : a newhypothesis. Studiesin the History of Art / Publ. by the National Gallery of Art,Washington, 250-277.