Reconstructing Duccio

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 - Thursday, 22 September 2022
Exeter Cathedral

Lesley Kerman will be showing her reconstruction of the reverse of Duccio’s Maestá in Exeter Cathedral from Tuesday 13 – Thursday 22 September. The original painting was carried in a procession through the streets of Siena to the Cathedral at midday on the 9 June 1311. On the front of the altarpiece were painted the Virgin and Saints and on the reverse the twenty six Scenes of the Passion.

Lesley has made a full-scale reconstruction of these twenty six scenes looking for a fresh starting point for figurative painting. Over the 18 months that it took to make the reconstruction she discovered much about Duccio’s conception of space, use of colour, iconographic innovations and political values, which became the subject of the book Reconstructing Duccio.

The painting was exhibited in Wells Cathedral last year where it lit up the Cathedral and alerted viewers to the vibrant colour once present throughout English Cathedrals. The exhibition in Exeter Cathedral is being curated by Imogen Haisman, a graduate of MA Curation: Art and Business, University of Exeter.

This event is included in the Cathedral’s standard admission price.