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Four Roman soldiers – the guards of Christ’s tomb, stationed to prevent anyone stealing the body – sleep on the ground. Christ, holding the flag of the Resurrection, steps out of the tomb, its lid cast aside on the ground behind.
Duccio’s image of the Resurrection does not survive, so this panel is important for giving us an impression of what that version may have looked like. The composition is similar to contemporary tomb sculpture found in both Siena and Florence in the early fourteenth century, suggesting that there was a standard composition for the image.
Tempera on wood
H 40.5 x W 56.5 cm
Presented by Viscount Rothermere, 1926