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The Cover
November 8, 2000

The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2000;284(18):2289. doi:10.1001/jama.284.18.2289

But for a bungled biography and the fact that he was a Sienese and not a Florentine, Duccio di Buoninsegna (c 1255-1318) might have had at least equal billing with Giotto and Cimabue as forefathers of Western art. As it is, he stands third in the succession (though not in time, for he was younger than Cimabue and he was older than Giotto). Even so, third position seems to have been granted only grudgingly. Dante, a contemporary, does not mention Duccio at all (though he does give a line each to Cimabue and Giotto in the "Purgatorio"). Vasari (who wrote his Lives nearly two and a half centuries after the deaths of the principals) relied more on hearsay than fact. Nor is it lost on today's historian that all involved, except Duccio, were Florentines in a time when Florence and Siena were frequently at war. In the end it was the Florentines who dominated.