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Maesta

(Italian: “Majesty”),double-sided altarpieces executed for the cathedral of Siena by the Italian painter Duccio. Thefirst version (1302), originally in the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena, is now lost. The second version (Oct. 9, 1308–June 9, 1311),painted for the cathedral of Siena and one of the largest altarpieces of its time, consisted of a wide
frontal panel with the Virgin and Child adored by the patrons of Siena and surrounded by saints and angels. Beneath was a predella with seven scenes from the childhood of Christ; above were pinnacles with scenes from the life of the Virgin; and on the back were scenes from the life of Christ. The main panel and the bulk of the narrative scenes are now in the Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, Piazza del Duomo, Siena, but isolated panels from the altarpiece have found their way to the National Gallery, London; the Frick Collection, New York City; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

 

THE "MAESTA" PAINTINGS


Simone Martini, Maesta, 1315, Palazzo Pubbiico Siena

  
Siena's devotion to the Blessed Virgin is a recurring theme in the art of the city, from the decoration on the facade of the cathedral, begun by Giovanni Pisano (1284 onwards) to the Maesta ("majesty") masterpieces of Duccio (1309) and Simone Martini (1315). The links with the historical awareness of the city, where religious and civic feelings met. are manifested in the many chronicles describing the triumphal procession that accompanied Duccio's Maesta. from his studio to the high altar of the cathedral. Painted for the victory over the Florentines at
Montaperti, even recorded by Dante in his Divine Comedy, the great altarpiece shows, on one side, the Story of the New Testament and. on the other, that of the enthroned Virgin and saints. Simone Martini painted his earliest surving work, the large Maesta fresco for Siena Town Hall, with similar celebratory intentions. He magnified the elegance of line and colour with which Duccio had founded a new school of Sienese painting.


Duccio di Buoninsegna
 Maesta, 1309
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo Siena

 


Duccio di Buoninsegna

 Maesta

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Maestа (Madonna with Angels and Saints)
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

 
 
 
Maestа (Madonna with Angels and Saints)
1308-1311
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena
 
 

 

 

Maestа (Madonna with Angels and Saints)
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

 
 
 

Maestа (Madonna with Angels and Saints)
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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