"Madonna and Child with Angels (Madonna Rucellai), Duccio di Buoninsenya, one thousand two hundred eighty 5
Description of the picture:
Madonna and Child with Angels (Madonna Rucellai) – 1285, Duccio di Buoninsenia. Wood, tempera. 450×290
The painter from the town of Siena Duccio di Buonisenia (1250 / 1260-1318 / 1319) introduced in the Byzantine style of writing, which reigned in the then Italian painting, the decorativeness and grace of French Gothic. This altar image was painted by him at the request of the community of Mary for the chapel in the Florentine church of Santa Maria Novella, and in the XVI century was transferred to another chapel, Rucellai, why he got his current name.
The image of the Madonna with the Baby on the throne, placed on a gold background, follows the Byzantine tradition. But the brightness of the colors, their festivity, also the whimsical stripes of the vestments of the Mother of God, especially the golden border on Her cloak, are the result of “Gothic influence”. And in the views of all the characters represented here, right up to the angels, carefully lowering the throne from heaven, one can feel new trends of a more realistic painting for the time. The art of Duccio, though cautiously, already predicted the Renaissance."