Batlló Majesty

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Location: 
Room 10
Artists / Makers / Authorities: 
Anonymous
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  • sad face
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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.

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Sculpture

Mid-12th century

156 x 119.5 x 20.5 cm

Donated by Enric Batlló i Batlló to the Diputació de Barcelona; permanent loan, 1914

Inventory number: 

015937-000

Probably from a church in the comarca of La Garrotxa (Girona).
Carving in walnut (head and body), willow (right arm), elm (cross upright) and holm oak (cross arms) with polychrome in tempera.
Century: 12th
Subject: Religion
Anònim - Majestat Batlló - Mitjan segle XII
Majestat Batlló
Anònim - Majestat Batlló - Mitjan segle XII [1]
Instalación de la «Majestad Batlló» en el Museu d’Art de Catalunya, Palau Nacional, 1970-1972 © Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona. Autor: Ramon Calvet
Anònim - Majestat Batlló - Mitjan segle XII [2]
«Majestad Batlló», fecha desconocida © Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona. Autor: Vidal i Ventosa
Anònim - Majestat Batlló - Mitjan segle XII [3]
Instalación de la «Majestad Batlló» en el Museu d’Art de Catalunya, Palau Nacional, 1972 © Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona. Autor: Ramon Calvet
Anònim - Majestat Batlló - Mitjan segle XII [4]
Majestat Batlló [4]
Anònim - Majestat Batlló - Mitjan segle XII [5]
Majestat Batlló [5]
Anònim - Majestat Batlló - Mitjan segle XII [6]
Majestat Batlló [6]
Anònim - Majestat Batlló - Mitjan segle XII [7]
Majestat Batlló [7]