DUCCIO Active, 1282 to his death, 1339
AT the end of the 13th century Roman painting, as we have seen, was on the point of disappearing as a separate school, and Central Italy was divided between the Schools of Florence and Siena.
To Siena, led by Duccio, is largely due the preservation of the order of the classic world for later art.
Sienese art before 1275 did not differ essentially from other Italian art of its time. With Duccio, its first great master, and from his time onward, it settled itself into a well-defined character. He is definitely aloof from both the Cimabuesque mode and from the Roman. We have no account of his early training, and certain critics assume that he must have studied under a Byzantine master, perhaps even at Constantinople, to account for the manner--that of the typical craftsmen of Constantinople-- which distinguishes him from all provincial painting of his time.2 Duccio's art is usually estimated almost entirely on the basis of the famous Majestas of his middle period, finished in 1311 and installed with pomp in the Cathedral of Siena. No other____________________
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Publication information: Book title: A Short History of Italian Painting. Contributors: Alice Van Vechten Brown - Author, William Rankin - Author. Publisher: J. M. Dent & Sons. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1914. Page number: 18.