There were signs of a possible superposition of polychrome in the Majestat Batlló, from the mid 12th century, which led to a complete study to check this hypothesis. Radiographs, reflectography, photographs with ultraviolet and ground light and a stratigraphic study have allowed the material and technical aspects to be characterised, and to check the existence of an underlying polychrome. It seems that, in a short period of time, it was decided to paint the sculpture to renew its aspect.
A virtual hypothetical reconstruction was proposed of the pictorial decoration of the underlying stratum, substantially different from what we currently see. This study contributes significant data the decorative repertoire of the Catalan Romanesque majesties.
Study carried out by: Anna Carreras, Àngels Comella, Mireia Campuzano and Àlex Masalles.