“Adversus iudaeos” in paintings in the Gothic art collection

Cèsar Favà The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya’s Gothic Art collection has a varied group of works that enables us to see the different views that Christianity spread of the Jews in the early Middle Ages. Here we shall discuss some images in which the figure of the Jew is portrayed in an openly negative…

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Author: Cèsar Favà

Prodigies in the collection

LLUÍS DALMAU, Mare de Déu dels Consellers, 1443-1445 (MNAC 15938). Detall.LLUÍS DALMAU, Mare de Déu dels Consellers, 1443-1445 (MNAC 15938). Detall.

Faced with illnesses, spells, and many other dangers that threatened their survival, the men and women from the middle ages often placed their hopes for healing or protection in the power, so they believed, that emanated from certain objects. Walking through the Gothic art collection of the museum, which has a major thematic wealth, we…

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Author: Cèsar Favà

A new attribution to Joan Mates, a painter of Catalan Gothic

On the basis of its style, a small fragment from an altarpiece in the collection of the Ulm Museum (Germany) can be attributed to the painter Joan Mates, one of the principal exponents of Catalan Gothic. With the attribution of this piece – of singular iconography – to this artist, not only has the painter’s…

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Author: Cèsar Favà