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Detail of the Coronation of the Virgin, the upper pinnacle of Duccio's great Maestá altarpiece of 1311 painted for the Duomo in Siena.


Perhaps the most intriguing reference to Duccio in the Sienese archives records that on 22 December 1302 he was accused of sorcery and “taken before the magistrate for witchcraft in the district of Chamomilla”. The accusation cannot have been taken very seriously. He was fined the risible amount of five soldi and allowed to go on his way.


Now in the Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest.

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Taken on October 21, 2010