Duccio di Buoninsegna was an Italian artist, active in the 13th and 14th centuries. While he did not create many paintings, he was still very influential and was one of the first Italian artists.


Duccio was born between 1255-1260. Unfortunately, little is known about his life. Some sources suggest he studied under Cimbabue, while others that he went to Constantinople to study under a Byzantine master. Most sources suggest that Duccio did not paint frescoes, instead painting with egg tempera on wood. There are records that suggest that Duccio was married with seven children. It is suggested that through his life he gained many debts and fines and that he had trouble managing his money. Only 13 of his works survive today, with many having been lost. Of these, only 2 can be securely dated. He died between 1318-1319, and his cause of death is unknown.