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Apse from Santa Maria d'Àneu

UnknownEnd of 11th century – beginning of 12th century

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona

From the church of Santa Maria d'Àneu (La Guingueta d'Àneu, Pallars Sobirà).

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  • Title: Apse from Santa Maria d'Àneu
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: End of 11th century – beginning of 12th century
  • Tag: Religion
  • Provenance: La Guingueta d'Àneu
  • Physical Dimensions: w4100 x h7000 x d2100 cm
  • Inventory number: 015874-000
  • Description: The decoration of the apse of Santa Maria d'Àneu is an example of overlapping themes and motifs from the Old and New Testaments in Catalan Romanesque painting. On the vault is represented the Epiphany, with Mary in Majesty and the Magi. In the lower register can be seen the two seraphim from the vision of Isaiah in the temple of Jerusalem (Isaiah 6: 3-6) singing 'S(AN)C(TU)S S(AN)C(TU)S S(AN)C(TU)S' and holding out the tongs with the burning coals to the lips of the prophets Elijah and Isaiah. In the middle, the four wheels of the fiery chariot of Yahweh are an allusion to the vision of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:15). It's also important to note the central role of the three archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, advocates on the Day of Judgement. This original subject matter has its origin in Italian repertories with Byzantine influences.
  • Artwork history: Acquired by the Junta de Museus in the 1919-1923 campaign
  • Type: Mural painting
  • External Link: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
  • Medium: Fresco transferred to canvas

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