The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
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.
Southgate MT. The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew. JAMA. 2000;284(18):2289. doi:10.1001/jama.284.18.2289
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