met to acquire duccio
Post #406 • November 10, 2004, 7:42 AM • 18 Comments
The Met is acquiring a little Duccio for over $45 million. Duccio tends to look a little clunky to me, even by Byzantine standards, and a lot of them have broken down to the point that the terre-verte underpainting of the flesh tones shows through, making the saints look amphibian. (Those of you who saw my painting Self Portrait (Howard Cimabue), not yet online, made a distant homage to this effect.) But this one is a jewel and looks like it's in excellent condition.
I find it interesting that everyone seems to know Duccio the same way.
"The first slide in an art history 101 course is a Duccio," [Met director Philippe] de Montebello said. "He was one of the founders of Western art."
Yep, specifically the first slide of Survey of Art History 2. A Duccio Madonna starts it off just like the Venus of Willendorf starts of Survey of Art History 1, intimating that if art has its own god, she is a woman.