Agnolo Di Tura Del Grasso Duccio's Maests (c.1350) P.454 – Book Report/Review Example
The Maestà The Maestà is a golden painting of the famous artwork produced by Duccio di Buoninsegna. He is arguably one of the finest painters in the city of Siena. On 9 June 1311, Duccio donated the painting to the Siena cathedral where it stood until 1506. In 1771, the Maestà found its way into the world’s museum located in Europe and America as pieces of the original art. The altarpiece bore some scenes of the Old Testament on the back, together with the inscription of the passion of Jesus Christ (Duccio and Hetherington 15).
Additionally, the sculpture was a masterpiece such that every Sienese wanted to claim its affiliation. Specifically, it depicted the richness of artistry in the culture and the religious nature of the city. All and sundry marched forth and took their place near the altarpiece to give their ordinance and pay their allegiance. The Virgin Marys image on the altarpiece indicated a source of supreme power. For this reason, the people of Siena looked up to the Holy Mother to increase their peace and preserve their sovereignty.
Notably, the quest for divine intervention climaxed when the people of Siena sort the Holy Mother’s assistance to safeguard their regional jurisdiction. Conversely, religious images are not associated with such immense divine power in the modern society. On the contrary, the use of images for religious purposes is considered an evil cult that thrives in limited settings. In the contemporary world, a fine line distinguishes the works of art from the religious scribes located at the museum.
Duccio and Paul Hetherington. Duccio. Nr. Bristol: Purnell & Sons Limited, 1965.