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Apse from Sant Climent de Taüll

UnknownAround 1123

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona

From the church of Sant Climent de Taüll (Vall de Boí, Alta Ribagorça).

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  • Title: Apse from Sant Climent de Taüll
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Around 1123
  • Tag: Religion
  • Provenance: Taüll
  • Physical Dimensions: w3600 x h6200 x d1800 cm
  • Inventory number: 015966-000
  • Description: This is one of the masterpieces of the European Romanesque. Its genius lies in the way it combines elements from different Biblical visions (Revelation, Isaiah and Ezekiel) to present the Christ of the Day of Judgement. Christ appears from the background causing a movement outwards from the centre of the composition, which is presided by the ornamental sense of the outlines and the skilful use of colour to create volume. The exceptional nature of this work by the Master of Taüll and its pictorial strength have reached out to modernity and fascinated twentieth-century avant-garde artists like Picasso and Francis Picabia.
  • 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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