Rucellai Madonna

Author:     Painted in: c 1285    Framework: Tempera on wood, 450x290    Located in: 13th Century and Giotto Room

The so called Madonna Rucellai was painted by Duccio di Buoninsegna round 1285.

Duccio was from Siena and if you compare the three altarpieces in this room showing the same subject, a Maestà, which means Majesty, the Virgin Mary sitting on a throne with Jesus on her lap, you will easily recognize in Duccio’s Madonna a particular elegance and delicacy which is typical of the Sienese style.

The golden hem adorning the blue dress of the Virgin Mary gives the idea of a sinuous movement which suggests the nobility and magnificence of the Holy Mother of Jesus


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One of Duccio’s highest acclaims his is piece Rucellai Madonna now in the Uffizi Gallery. It was painted in 1285 for the Florentine Church, Santa Maria Novella, and is described by the Catholic...Read more