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Apse of Santa María d’Àneu

  • Apse of Santa María d’Àneu. Barcelona © MNAC - Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya

    Apse of Santa María d’Àneu. Barcelona © MNAC - Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya

     
  

Category

Painting

Cultural background

Romanesque

Original title

Ábside de Santa María de Àneu
National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)
Barcelona
Barcelona, Catalonia
Barcelona

It is notable for its complex iconography, particularly the synthesis of prophetic images of the Old Testament and the unusual presence of archangels acting as lawyers for mankind before God.

The decoration of the apse of the church of Santa María d’Àneu combines themes and motifs from the Old and New Testaments. The Epiphany is depicted on the vault, with Mary in Majesty and the Three Kings. In the lower register are two seraphim singing from Isaiah's vision in the temple of Jerusalem (Is. 6, 3-6). They hold tongs with embers to the lips of the prophets Elijah and Isaiah. In the middle, the four wheels of fire of Yahweh’s chariot allude to Ezekiel's vision (Ez. 1.15). The three archangels Michael, Gabriel and Rafael also appear as lawyers on the day of the Last Judgment. This original subject has its sources in Byzantine-influenced Italy.

Details of the work

Origin
Church of Santa María d’Àneu (La Guingueta d’Àneu, Lleida)

Object
Mural painting

Dimensions
700 cm x 410 cm x 210 cm

Technique
Fresco

  

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