uccio pictures this arrival
twice. In the one scene, we see the Apostles at the left, greeting
one another as they arrive. Peter, a white-bearded figure, shakes
hands with Paul, often portrayed as bald. At the right, John kneels
before Mary. Behind her is the palm, studded with stars, that she
will give John to carry.
The second scene shows Mary sitting up in
the bed, surrounded by the Apostles. John is at her right, holding
the palm branch. Peter sits at her left, looking into the distance,
while Paul stands, gesturing with his hand as if addressing the group.
These two scenes appear at the top of the
front face of Duccio's masterpiece, the Maesta, an altarpiece
created for the Cathedral of Siena between 1308-1311. While parts of
it have disappeared and eight panels are in museums elsewhere, most of the
work is now housed in the Museum of the Cathedral of Siena.