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But there are records those incredible centuries-old documents preserved in files wine. of Italian cities Some — of heavy fines of the fines are heavy enough and to large bills for have been exacted for political transgressions, the offense taken most seriously There are also records showing that, in spite of the large sums he received for the Maestci, Duccio was forced to go into debt, and he seems to have ended his life in bankruptcy. Nowhere in surviving records is he celebrated by his intellectual contemporaries as an important man.

If the temerity to paint his he had, she would probably have been painted out in the period of reaction that followed the Black Death. Years earlier, he had sketched a classical statue of \'enus that had been unearthed in Siena during the con- struction of water pipes for a tral new fountain square (the Fonte Gaia). Venus on a pedestal in The in the town's cen- citizens established this an honorable position in front of the Palazzo Pubblico, a rather daring recognition of a pagan goddess in a medieval city.

He by deduction for a painting 25, 1306, it directly before much more could not have been than twenty-five, since the document refers to him —the diminutive of Pietro, as from the gov- and under regula- tions then existing could not have received cio victims in 1348, since all records of either brother as Petruc- which would have been used only for a very young man. By these birth and death dates Pietro would have reached the ripe age He year of the plague. Ambrogio? since Pietro's name came first of sixty-eight by the was probably younger, when the brothers signed a painting jointly.

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