Duccio and the Origins of Western Painting

Keith Christiansen

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In 2004 the Metropolitan Museum acquired an extremely rare and beautiful Madonna and Child by the great painter Duccio di Buoninsegna. Duccio, who died in 1318, has long been recognized as the father of Sienese painting, and he fostered a new generation of talented and innovative painters. In art history textbooks, however, his considerable contribution to European painting is often overshadowed by the work of his contemporary Giotto. Christiansen examines the fascinating connection between Giotto and Duccio, which he likens to Michelangelo’s relationship with Raphael, or Picasso’s with Matisse, and explains the particular qualities that make Duccio such an essential artist.

Keith Christiansen is Jayne Wrightsman Curator of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

"[Christiansen] has written an engaging and thorough account of the production, style, and use of [Duccio's] Madonna and Child. . . .Many comparative works are cited and reproduced in the volume. . .making this a delightful introduction to one of the great Italian painters." —Reference & Research Book News
ISBN: 9780300145441
Publication Date: February 3, 2009
Co-publisher: Published in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art
62 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
3 b/w + 52 color illus., including a gatefold
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