Apse of Sant Climent de Taüll

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Location: 
Room 07
Artists / Makers / Authorities: 
Master of Taüll
Social tags: 
  • Christ in Majesty
  • Book
  • EGO SUM LUX MUNDI
  • I am the light of the world
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.

Virtual reconstruction and mapping of the Church of Sant Climent de Taüll

Taking a close look at the Christ of Sant Climent de Taüll

 

Listen to the Christus Vincit, acclamations to the greatness of Christ, his majesty, his kingdom and his empire.

 

Virtual tour: The voices of the Romanesque

 

Painting

Circa 1123

620 x 360 x 180 cm

Purchased by the Junta de Museus in the 1919-1923 campaign

Inventory number: 

015966-000

Main part of the group of pictures also comprising the decoration of the triumphal arches, that of the side apse, the consecration inscription and an earlier window. There are other paintings in situ. From the church of Sant Climent de Taüll (Vall de Boí, Alta Ribagorça).
Fresco transferred to canvas
Century: 12th
Subject: Religion
Interior of the church of Sant Climent de Taüll with wall paintings in place, 1904 © Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes. Photographer: unknown
Interior of the church of Sant Climent de Taüll with the scaffold prepared for to remove the paintings, 1920 © Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona. Autor: Joan Vidal Ventosa
Exterior of the church of Sant Climent de Taüll, 1922 © Fundació Institut Amatller d’Art Hispànic. Arxiu Mas
Installation of the apse of Sant Climent de Taüll at the Museu d’Art i arqueologia, Palau de la Ciutadella, 1924 © Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona. Photographer: unknonw
Installation of the apse of Sant Climent de Taüll at the Museu d’Art de Catalunya, Palau Nacional, 1934 © Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona. Photographer: unknonw