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The Batlló Crucifix

  • The Batlló Crucifix. Barcelona  ©  National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)

    The Batlló Crucifix. Barcelona © National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)





Mid-12th century

Cultural background


Original title

Majestad Batlló
National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)
Barcelona, Catalonia

An emblematic piece of Catalan Romanesque art. It stands out as a reference piece of a series of similar images representing la Majestad, Christ on the cross triumphing over death.

Carved wooden images constitute one of the Church’s basic objects of devotion. One of the most developed Catalan typologies was that of the Majestades, images of Christ on the Cross symbolising his triumph over death, of which The Batlló Crucifix is a noteworthy example. It is characterised by its solemnity, owing to a markedly frontal, geometric composition and the sumptuous aspect of its robe, reminiscent of Byzantine and Hispano-Moorish fine fabrics. This type of artistic object had its great reference in the Volto Santo di Lucca (Tuscany, Italy), a cult object of extraordinary popularity since the end of the 11th century. The The Batlló Crucifix most likely comes from a church in the district of Garrotxa (Girona).

Details of the work

Object of worship

156 cm x 119.5 cm x 20.5 cm

Polychrome tempera painted, vestment covered figure carving

Walnut (head and body), willow (right arm), elm (cross upright) and holm oak (cross crossbeam)


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