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A pinnacle from Duccio's Maestà, from the Cathedral of Siena; cut and rounded at the top; companion pinnacles in collection of Kasteel Huis Bergh, 's Heerenberg, Netherlands; Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (P.PI.45.1965); private collection

Workshop of Duccio (Duccio di Buoninsegna), Italian (active Siena and Florence), first documented 1278, died 1318

Made in Siena, Italy, Europe

By 1311

Egg tempera and tooled gold on panel with vertical grain

Overall 9 5/8 × 6 3/4 inches (24.4 × 17.1 cm); width at the top 2 3/8 inches (6 cm); width at bottom 2 7/8 inches (7.1 cm); depth 7/16–1/2 inch (1–1.3 cm). Additions: top 5/8 inch (1.5 cm); right 3/8 inch (1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 310, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 88

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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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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