A study of Duccio's Maesta (Virgin in Majesty). The Maesta was painted between 1308 and 1311 by Duccio di Buoninsegna for the high altar of Siena Cathedral. The volume contains photographs of the different sections of the great altarpiece, both the front, showing the Virgin in glory, and the back, with the stories of the Passion of Christ taken from the gospels. The narrative sequence of the Maesta moves from the enthroned Virgin and Christ to the figures of the angels, saints and apostles who surround her. The scenes of the Passion, from left to right, follow the chronological order of the Gospels. Beginning by looking at the work as a whole, the visual analysis moves on to examine the different sections and then isolates particular details, reproduced to scale. The text describes the historical background and provides an iconographic interpretation of the altarpiece, while shedding light on the character of the great painter and his creative processes.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian
Painted between 1308 and 1311 for the high altar of the cathedral of Siena, Duccio di Buoninsegna's "Maest?" is not only a key monument in the genesis of European painting but also a work of supernal beauty. It is this beauty that is so lavishly documented in this superb gathering of 258 color plates. These superior reproductions permit a comprehensive appreciation of virtually every aspect of Duccio's complex and multifaceted work. The quality of the illustrations permit a kind of intimacy hardly possible even when viewing the painting in situ. Less satisfying, and certainly less significant, is Bellosi's (Cimabue, Giotto) introductory essay. In his too-abbreviated discussion, he sketches the origins of the "Maest?," elucidates its place within the artist's oeuvre, and provides a minimally functional description of its style and stylistic connections. What it lacks is adequate consideration of its condition, iconographic nuances, sense of function, and an account of its impact in its own epoch. On the basis of the illustrations alone, however, this lavish tome is recommended for collections concerned with trecento art.ARobert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York
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Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110500237719
Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0500237719 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.1173686
Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0500237719