Batlló Majesty

UnknownMid-12th century

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona

Probably from a church in the comarca of La Garrotxa (Girona).

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  • Título: Batlló Majesty
  • Creador: Unknown
  • Fecha de creación: Mid-12th century
  • Tag: Religion
  • Inventory number: 015937-000
  • Dimensiones físicas: w1195 x h1560 x d205 cm
  • Description: Carved wooden images were a fundamental element in churches as objects of worship. One of the most elaborate types in Catalonia were the Christs in Majesty, images of Christ on the Cross that symbolise his triumph over death, of which the most outstanding is the 'Batlló Majesty'. The work is characterised by its solemnity, thanks to a marked frontal and geometrical composition and the luxurious aspect of the tunic, which brings to mind Byzantine or Hispano-Muslim fabrics. The great reference for this type was the 'Volto Santo' in Lucca (Tuscany, Italy), the object of extraordinary devotion from the end of the eleventh century.
  • Artwork history: Donated by Enric Batlló i Batlló to the Diputació de Barcelona; permanent loan, 1914
  • Tipo: Sculpture
  • Enlace externo: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
  • Técnica artística: Carving in walnut (head and body), willow (right arm), elm (cross upright) and holm oak (cross arms) with polychrome in tempera.

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