Maestà, Mæstà

Latin and Italian for majesty. A maestà or mæstà is one of two things.

1) it is a medieval and Renaissance religious painting of the Virgin and Child (Madonna and Christ) enthroned, and surrounded by angels and other heavenly ‘poultry’ in glory. One example is the alterpiece in Siena Cathdral which was completed by Duccio in 1311.

2) a painting of enthroned Christ.

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Image: Duccio di Buoninsegna 1308–1311 Tempera and gold on wood 213 cm × 396 cm (84 in × 156 in). Museo dell’Opera Metropolitana del Duomo, Siena