European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Probably a pinnacle from Duccio's Maestà, from the Cathedral of Siena; cut and rounded at the top; companion pinnacles in collection of J. H. van Heek, 's Heerenberg; Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (P.PI.45.1965); private collectionMade in Siena, Italy, Europe
Workshop of Duccio (Duccio di Buoninsegna), Italian (active Siena), first documented 1278, died 1318
Tempera and tooled gold on panel with vertical grain
Cat. 88John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
The wand in the angel's hand identifies him as an archangel. With these wands the archangels expelled Satan from heaven, thereby securing their privileged position as messengers of God.
This panel comes from the pinnacle, or top section, of Duccio's large altarpiece known as the Maestà, which he made for the cathedral of Siena. Maestà is an Italian term for a depiction of the Virgin in a heavenly court. The altarpiece was disassembled in 1771.
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