Virgin of the Angels

Room 23
Artists / Makers / Authorities: 
Pere Serra
Active in Barcelona, 1357-1405/1408
Museum tags: 
Social tags: 
  • Virgin
  • mary
  • Child
  • angels
  • music
  • instruments
  • psaltery

This splendid central panel and the two sections of the predella with saints (which must once have flanked a tabernacle) are all that remains of an altarpiece. It was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and was painted for one of the chapels in the ambulatory of Tortosa cathedral, probably towards the 1380s. The compartment with the Virgin and Child surrounded by angels playing music is a very graceful and refined version of an iconographic type that was extremely popular at the time. Pere Serra, author of the altarpiece, came from a family of painters who grew to head the Catalan painting of the second half of the fourteenth century.


Circa 1385

195.8 x 131 x 11 cm

Plandiura Collection, purchased 1932

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Central compartment of the altarpiece of the Virgin of the Angels. The MNAC also keeps the two side sections of the predella. The three panels come from Tortosa cathedral (Baix Ebre).
Tempera and gold leaf on wood
Century: 14th
Subject: Religion
Pere Serra - Mare de Déu dels Àngels - Cap a 1385
Mare de Déu dels Àngels
Pere Serra - Mare de Déu dels Àngels - Cap a 1385 [1]
Instal·lació de la «Mare de Déu dels Àngels» de Pere Serra al Museu Nacional el 2008
Pere Serra - Mare de Déu dels Àngels - Cap a 1385 [2]
«Mare de Déu dels Àngels» de Pere Serra a la col·lecció Plandiura abans de la seva adquisició el 1932 © Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona. Autor: Francesc Serra