Duccio di Buoninsegna
's Rucellai Madonna, painted in 1285, is a good example.
Its fame is owed chiefly to its school of painting, of which Duccio di Buoninsegna
, Simone Martini and the two Lorenzettis were the greatest representatives.
In the last gallery hung an altarpiece attributed to the well-known Sienese painter Duccio di Buoninsegna
, a highlight of the room.
like Duccio di Buoninsegna
, and you'd have to go a long way
After all, they represent the beginning of our western art tradition.' He only handles the very best pictures--a recent example is the Lorenzo Monaco Annunciation that was in the famous Belgian collection of Alphonse Stoclet (the Stoclet Madonna and Child by Duccio di Buoninsegna
, the last painting by this great early Sienese artist in private hands, was bought by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2004 for a reported $45m)--and currently has 'a couple of very beautiful Spinello Aretino gold grounds'.
When he first saw the Euphronios krater, "[I] felt as if I had been punched in the stomach." He wrote in a book review that the "instant impression [is] always best when it comes to art." One wonders whether he would have authorized the purchase of Duccio di Buoninsegna
's Madonna and Child, which his successor, Philippe de Montebello, acquired for a sum rumored to be in excess of forty-five million dollars.