Compare and Contrast
Duccio, Madonna and Child - Gauguin, La Orana Maria
Madonna and Child is a panel painting by Italian medieval artist Duccio di Buoninsegna. Painted in tempera and gilded on a wood panel in around the year 1300, the Madonna and Child is still in its original engaged frame. The fact that it was in private hands and out of public circulation for years might be why the painting is basically intact after 700 years. The craftsmanship and preservation are simply amazing. The damaged lower edge of the frame is charred where devotional candles may have tipped over. The Madonna and Child is presently part of a special exhibition "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions" in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The painting is very small and measures only 11 by 8 1/8 in., which in comparison is about the size of a legal sized piece of paper. Considered to be a rare and uniquely important early Renaissance masterpiece, The Met purchased this painting in November 2004 for something in excess of $45 million. The painting is one of the few Duccio’s created as an individual work of art and not part of an ensemble.
La Orana Maria (Hail Mary) is oil on canvas painting by French artist Paul Gauguin. This was Gauguin’s first major Tahitian canvas dated 1891. This Post-Impressionist painter paved the way to primitivism though his expression and inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings. His bold experimentation with coloring and his design oriented paintings led to the Synthetist style of Modern Art. “Synthetist artists aimed to synthesize three features: The outward appearance of natural forms. The artist’s feelings about their subject. The purity of the aesthetic considerations of line, color and form.” The Orana Maria is 44 ¾ by 34 ½ inches. Gauguin’s Orana Maria is located in the Met in the company of some other great modern artworks like those of his one time friend, Vincent Van...
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