Batlló Majesty

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Batlló Majesty

Mid-12th century

  • Carving in walnut (head and body), willow (right arm), elm (cross upright) and holm oak (cross arms) with polychrome in tempera.
  • 156 x 119.5 x 20.5 cm
  • © MNAC - Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
  • 015937-000


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.

  • Collection
    Romanesque Art
  • Artist
    ANONYMOUS
  • Title
    Batlló Majesty
  • Date
    Mid-12th century
  • Generic classification
    Sculpture
  • Material / Technique
    Carving in walnut (head and body), willow (right arm), elm (cross upright) and holm oak (cross arms) with polychrome in tempera.
  • Dimensions
    156 x 119.5 x 20.5 cm
  • Subject
    Religion
  • Group / Provenance
    Probably from a church in the comarca of La Garrotxa (Girona).
  • Acquisition credit
    Donated by Enric Batlló i Batlló to the Diputació de Barcelona; permanent loan, 1914
  • Inventory number
    015937-000
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