Mural paintings of the Conquest of Majorca

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MASTER OF THE CONQUEST OF MAJORCA

Mural paintings of the Conquest of Majorca

1285-1290

  • Fresco transferred to canvas
  • © MNAC - Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
  • 071447-CJT


The mural paintings of the Conquest of Majorca come from the former ancestral home of the Caldes family in Carrer Montcada in Barcelona, a building later known as Palau Aguilar. Discovered and removed in 1961, these paintings are one of the most important examples of early or Linear Gothic Catalan painting. This magnificent example of painting on historical subject matter narrates the conquest of the island of Majorca by James I the Conqueror in 1229. Like a painted chronicle, the episodes follow the detailed narrative of Catalan medieval accounts such as King James I's 'Llibre dels Feits' and Bernat Desclot's 'Crònica'.

  • Collection
    Gothic Art
  • Artist
    MASTER OF THE CONQUEST OF MAJORCA
  • Title
    Mural paintings of the Conquest of Majorca
  • Date
    1285-1290
  • Generic classification
    Painting
  • Material / Technique
    Fresco transferred to canvas
  • Subject
    History
  • Group / Provenance
    Set of three panels with mural paintings. From the former Palau Caldes, later Palau Berenguer d'Aguilar, in Carrer de Montcada, Barcelona.
  • Acquisition credit
    Purchase of the palace by Barcelona City Council, 1953; the paintings entered the Museum in 1962
  • Inventory number
    071447-CJT
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