Calvary; Saint Sebastian

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Location: 
Room 24
Artists / Makers / Authorities: 
Joan Mates
Vilafranca del Penedès [?], circa 1370 – Barcelona, 1431
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Joan Mates, one of the protagonists of the Barcelona international gothic, received, in 1417, the commission to produce the altarpiece of Saint Sebastian of the Charity House of Barcelona, very popular in the early Middle Ages, for his role against the plague, showing the high level of refinement and sophistication which was achieved in the times of the international gothic.  The saint listens to the angel who reads whispering to him, the reason that alludes to a tradition according to which Saint Sebastian gave strength to the Christians sentenced to death thanks to the words of an angel.

Painting

1417-1425

243.3 x 102.5 x 12 cm

Permanent loan from Joan Ainaud and Frederic-Pau Verrié, 1947

Inventory number: 

042340-000

Central panel of the altarpiece of Saint Sebastian. From the refectory chapel of the Pia Almoina, Barcelona.
Tempera, gold leaf and metal plate on wood
Century: 15th
Subject: Religion
Joan Mates - Calvari; Sant Sebastià - 1417-1425
Calvari; Sant Sebastià
Joan Mates - Calvari; Sant Sebastià - 1417-1425 [1]
Calvari; Sant Sebastià [1]