The Death and Resuurection of Christ in the Maesta

by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

This portion of the back of the main panel of Duccio's Maesta illustrates the events of Christ's passion from Pilate washing his hands to Christ's appearance on the road to Emmaus.  Incarnate Beauty also features photos of the front of the main panel of the Maesta, as well as additional photos from the life of Christ and the suffering of Christ on the back of the main panel.

Pilate Washing His Hands

Detail of Pilate Washing His Hands

Way to Calvary

Crucifixion is the largest depiction on the back panel of the Maesta.  On the left side, the Mother of God and the followers of Jesus are mournful yet composed.  On the right side, those who sought the death of Jesus are agitated and disruptive.


Details of Crucifixion



The Three Marys at the Tomb

Detail of The Three Marys at the Tomb

The Descent into Hell

Appearance to Mary Magdalene

Road to Emmaus

Material for this post is drawn from "The Majesty of Duccio and Giotto," one of the lectures in The World's Greatest Paintings (public library) by William Gross, and all of the photos are drawn from the Web Gallery of Art.