July 30, 2014

Holy Week with Duccio: Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles

Duccio Christ Leaving

“While Jesus is giving the new commandment to the apostles (now eleven), Judas betrays him for thirty pieces of silver. In Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles, his sideways position, shown up by the half-open door, is in contrast to the close-knit group of disciples. They are all turning the same way in thoughtful attitudes, the soft drapery of their coloured robes animating the whole scene. As in the Washing of the Feet and the Last Supper Duccio has avoided halos since the conspicuous shape of the golden discs might have created an overpowering effect, besides taking up most of the space in the picture.” (WGA)