Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Duccio, the Met just had to have one...

Well, what would you do if you needed just one more painting by a great progenitor of western painting to "fill-out" your collection? And it was only 45 million dollars? Buy, of course. Which is just what the Metropolitan Museum did a few weeks back.
"More than a few eyebrows went up when the Metropolitan Museum of Art confirmed this week that it had bought a painting by an early Renaissance master, and the price was reported to exceed $45 million. The price is interesting, and so is the painter -- Duccio di Buoninsegna..." NY Times, 11/13/2004

Duccio and the Art of Siena

This site provides a good intro. to Duccio's style comparing his work with that of Giotto - also a great progenitor of western painting...


Great images of major works by the Sienese master.

More images of paintings by Duccio
There is a "Madonna and Child" on this web site that is similiar in look and feel to the painting recently purchased by the Met.

The Art Newspaper The full story of the Met's purchase, with an image of said painting.

BTW (By the way), this painting is slightly smaller than the 8 1/2" by 11" paper in your ink-jet printer...IMHO (In my humble opinion), this is a great purchase at any price. But then again, I didn't buy it ... but I'll be happy to visit it. I hope you will too.

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