A tribute to a great figure in Byzantine painting, able to work within established figurative schemes, charging them with an extraordinary sensibility for line and chromatic luminosity.
[Duccio / Complete works] In this monograph the author pays great attention to the individual qualities of the painter, viewing him in the context of the workshop as he applies his capacity for invention to a clientele that also represents the tastes of an audience and a city.
The splendid works by Duccio like the scenes of the Maestà, the Madonna Rucella and the window of the cathedral of Siena do not widen but instead seem to further complicate the restricted territory supplied by the tradition to historians in the study of Duccio. Yet it is precisely in the process of historical and intellectual, social and stylistic contextualization that the author manages to narrate, together with the figure of a great artist, one of the outstanding figurative chapters of the Middle Ages.
All the work that can be attributed to Duccio is presented here, discussed and illustrated. The texts analyze the theories and practices, the spatial, narrative and iconographic representations of the artist’s style.