Duccio di Buoninsegna ca. 1255 – 1319

The prophet Isaiah (Maestà)

tempera on panel (43 × 16 cm) — 1308-11 Museum National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Duccio di Buoninsegna biography

This work is linked to Isaiah 7:14

This panel of Duccio's Maestà shows the prophet Isaiah holding a scroll. The text in Latin reads: "ecce virgo concipiet, et pariet filium, et vocabitur nomen ejus Emmanuel". In the KJV this became "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel".

To the right of this panel Duccio showed how the prophecy came true: The Birth of Christ.

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