Madonna with the Baby and Angels (Madonna Ruchellai), Duccio di Buoninsenya, 1285

Madonna with the Baby and Angels (Madonna Ruchellai), Duccio di Buoninsenya, 1285
Madonna with the Baby and Angels (Madonna Ruchellai), Duccio di Buoninsenya, 1285 - 1

    • Posted by Duccio di Buoninsenya
    • Museum: Uffizi Gallery
    • Year: 1285

Overview of the painting :

Madonna with the Baby and Angels (Madonna Ruchellai) – 1285, Duccio di Buoninsenya. Wood, tempera. 450×290
An artist from the city of Siena Duccio di Buoniseni (1250 / 1260-1318 / 1319) introduced the Byzantine manner of writing, which reigned in then Italian painting, the decorativeness and grace of French Gothic. This altar image was written by him by order of the Maria community for chapel in the Florentine church of Santa Maria Novella, and in the 16th century he was transferred to another chapel, Ruchellai, which is why he got his current name.

The image of Madonna with the Baby on the throne, placed against a golden background, follows the Byzantine tradition. But the brightness of the colors, their festiveness, as well as the whims of the garment of Our Lady, especially the golden border on Her cloak, is the result of “gothic influence”. And in the guise of all the characters presented here, down to the angels carefully lowering the throne from heaven, new trends for more realistic painting are felt for then. The art of Duccio, although carefully, has already portended the Renaissance.