Duccio and the Origins of Western Painting by Keith Christiansen

By Keith Christiansen

In 2004 the Metropolitan Museum got an exceptionally infrequent and gorgeous Madonna and baby by the good painter Duccio di Buoninsegna. Duccio, who died in 1318, has lengthy been well-known because the father of Sienese portray, and he fostered a brand new iteration of proficient and leading edge painters. In paintings historical past textbooks, even though, his massive contribution to ecu portray is frequently overshadowed by way of the paintings of his modern Giotto. Christiansen examines the interesting connection among Giotto and Duccio, which he likens to Michelangelo’s courting with Raphael, or Picasso’s with Matisse, and explains the actual characteristics that make Duccio such a vital artist.

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