Romanesque art

Romanesque art in Spain

Some of the most beautiful Romanesque art was created in Catalonia (in northeast Spain), and much of it can be seen today in the National Museum of Catalan Art located in Barcelona.

c. 1000-1200

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Virgin and Child in Majesty
Virgin and Child in Majesty

A serene Mary offers her draped lap as a throne for Christ. Her outsized hands direct the viewer to the divine.

“Throne of Wisdom” sculptures
“Throne of Wisdom” sculptures

These statues of the Virgin and Child often held relics. Designed to be mobile, they starred in parades and plays.

<em>Virgin from Ger</em>
Virgin from Ger

Delicate and brightly colored, this statue from Spain combines elegance with solidity, the human with the divine.

Circle of the Master of Pedret, <em>The Wise and Foolish Virgins</em>
Circle of the Master of Pedret, The Wise and Foolish Virgins

These frescoes covered the thick walls of a Romanesque church. Once isolated in the Pyrenees, they adorn a museum.

Historiated capitals, Church of Sant Miquel, Camarasa
Historiated capitals, Church of Sant Miquel, Camarasa

Romanesque sculptors adorned the tops of columns with bible stories. These scenes are bold, emotional, and direct.

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