Duccio di Buoninsegna was born in Siena in 1255. He was one of the greatest painters from the Siena School of his century. In his early years he painted the Crevole Madonna displayed in the Museo del Duomo in Siena.
Duccio's early training is evident in this work: the schematic appearance of the drapery, the use of gold, some gothic elements and the use of Byzantine iconography. While Cimabue and his counterparts attempted to render three-dimensional and volumetric works, Duccio instead, turned his attention to rendering his figures and lines more elegant and harmonizing the colors he used.