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Some Old Testament Themes on the Front Predella of Duccio's Maestà
Ruth Wilkins Sullivan
The Art Bulletin
Vol. 68, No. 4 (Dec., 1986), pp. 597-609
Published by: College Art Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3051043
Page Count: 13
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This study examines Duccio's use of Prophets and messianic texts on the front predella of the Maestà, and proposes that the predella's distinctive schema - a New Testament episode succeeded by its Old Testament prophecy - follows the pattern set in Saint Matthew's Infancy text. It is also proposed that the scene cited in the literature as the Flight into Egypt is perhaps better identified as the Return from Egypt. In addition, Duccio's third Prophet is identified as King David and the matriarch Rachel is identified as one of the lamenting women in the Massacre of the Innocents.
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