The Healing of the Man born Blind
This painting is part of the group: Maestà Predella Panels

Christ is made the compositional centre of the scene and the blind man is shown twice: first having his eyes touched, and then at the moment his sight is miraculouslty restored. The two episodes are linked visually by the blind man's stick.

This was one of the scenes on the back predella of Duccio's 'Maestà'. The back predella illustrated scenes from Christ's life and ministry. This panel was originally immediately to the left of 'The Transfiguration', hence the blind man appeared to look with his newly restored sight at a vision of Christ transfigured. Another panel from the 'Maestà' is in the collection: 'The Annunciation'.

The figures and the architecture were probably painted by different artists from Duccio's workshop. The face of the blindman at the fountain was damaged in the past and is a modern restoration.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1278; died 1319
Full title
The Healing of the Man born Blind
Group
Date made
1307/8-11
Medium and support
Egg tempera on wood
Dimensions
45.1 x 46.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1883
Inventory number
NG1140
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Maestà Predella Panels

Painting
Duccio
1307/8-11
Duccio: 'The Annunciation'
Painting
Duccio
1307/8-11
Duccio: 'The Transfiguration'