Stroganoff Madonna

Duccio di Buoninsegna, Madonna and Child (Stroganoff Madonna),
c. 1300, 8" x 11" tempera and gold leaf on wood, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Who was Duccio?

  • Late Gothic, Italian artist, also, know as Duccio of Siena, (c. 1255 - 1318).
  • Painted with egg tempera and gold on wood panels.
  • Worked in the Greek manner style, a blend of Byzantine and Greek characteristics developed in Italy during the late 13th century, with a Gothic influence.
  • Developed figures with a more naturalistic, three-dimensional appearance and softer drapery.
  • Used a classical systematic perspective to create an illustionistic architectual space in his paintings to shelter his figures.
  • Most important work: Maesta Altar (1308-11) which includes the Madonna Enthronned, Annunciation of the Death of the Virgin, and Christ Entering Jerusalem. Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena.

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Met buys rare, tiny masterpiece for $45 million
News from the MET: The Metropolitan Museum of Art bought "Madonna and Child," by Duccio di Buoninsegna. The rare piece could be the museum's most expensive purchase.