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Duccio di Buoninsegna was an Italian painter who worked mostly in Siena, Tuscany. Many important religious and government buildings in Italy hired him to complete works. Among these buildings are the papal palace in Rome and the Vatican. As such, many of his paintings have become famous all over the world. 

Unlike his contemporaries, Duccio was not a self-taught artist. While he created a number of works with his friends, his most significant masterpieces have been inherited by museums and are displayed at important public venues. Several of his works are held in the world's most prestigious museums, including the National Gallery of London and the British Royal Art Collection. In addition, some of his works are part of private collections.

The early life of Duccio di Buoninsegna is largely unknown, but his career spanned more than a century. Compared to other painters of his time, Duccio's was more well-documented. His death and birth place are known, but his early life remains as uncertain as other parts of his life. This is a major setback for anyone interested in learning more about Duccio.

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