A Long Look Slow Art at the National Gallery

This colorful panel painting depicts an episode early in Jesus’s career–the moment he called Peter and his brother Andrew to join his ministry. It was part of an enormous altarpiece for the cathedral of Siena.

We’ll find out what prompted the cathedral powers to hire Duccio, Siena’s top artist and how innovative he was in depicting stories of Mary and Jesus’s lives. And we meet a few friendly fish!


“A Long Look” theme is “Ascension” by Ron Gelinas youtu.be/jGEdNSNkZoo

Episode theme is “Canzona ‘La Foresta’ (For 2 Trumpets and 2 Trombones – Rondeau)” composed by Giovanni Cavaccio. Performed by Michel Rondeau. Courtesy of musopen.org



Artwork information

Miklós Boskovits (1935–2011), “Duccio di Buoninsegna/The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew/1308-1311,” Italian Paintings of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries, NGA Online Editions, https://purl.org/nga/collection/artobject/282 (accessed May 17, 2020).

Maestà information



Duccio information


Slow Art Day http://www.slowartday.com


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