St. Michael's Chapel frescoes
ID
 
35
 
Original Country
 
Spain
 
Region
 
Catalonia (Catalunya)
 
Creator
 
Ferrer Bassa
 
Sorting Title
 
St. Michael's Chapel frescoes
 
Subject
 

Three of seven scenes depicting the Passion of Christ (top), and three of eight scenes depicting the Joys of Our Lady (bottom).

 
Creation Date
 
1346
 
Century
 
14th
 
Style Genre
 
Italo-gothic
 
Work Type
 
manuscript
 
Format Medium
 

Mostly oils, with some features in tempera

 
Original Location
 

Barcelona, Spain

 
Historical Context
 

The paintings are located in the cloister of the abbey of Pedralbes in "St. Michael's Chapel," which served as the day-cell for Francesca Saportella, the second abbess and niece of Queen Elisenda, the abbey's founder. This scene is one of over two dozen painted by Bassa in the same chapel (see also image number 34). It has been suggested that Bassa brought this style to Catalonia after a visit to Italy. Bassa may have died in April of 1348 when the Black Death reached Barcelona.

 
Current Repository
 

Pedralbes Monastery,Barcelona, Spain

 
Photo Credit
 
Marie Kelleher
 
Image of St. Michael's Chapel frescoes.