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Altarpiece of Saint Michael
Master of Arguis
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Master of Arguis


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Altarpiece of Saint Michael

Ca. 1440. Tempera on panel.
Not on display

This fragmentary altarpiece comes from the church of San Miguel in Arguis (Huesca). It narrates episodes which evoke the supernatural power of the archangel, especially against the actions of the devil: the victory over the rebel angels, the psychostasia or weighing of souls, and the appearance of the saint on Mount Gargano in the form of a bull. Their artist, a master who remains anonymous, is close to the characteristics of International Gothic painting in Valencia. His outstanding features are the elegance of his figures and an almost expressionist use of colour, especially in his depiction of demonic creatures.

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Inventory number
Master of Arguis
Altarpiece of Saint Michael
Ca. 1440
Height: 344 cm; Width: 160 cm
Retablo de la iglesia de San Miguel, en Argüis (Huesca)

Bibliography +

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Esteban, Paloma, El retablo del Maestro de Argüis del Museo del Prado y la iconografía de San Miguel, BELLAS ARTES, 1976, pp. 28-31.

Mateu Ibars, Maria de los Dolores, Iconografia de San Vicente Martir.Vol.I.Pintura, Institutcion Alfonso el Magnanimo, Valencia, 1980, pp. 84.

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Berg Sobre, Judith, Behind the Altar Table. The Development of the Painted Retab, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, 1989, pp. 214 / lám. 135.

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Alquézar, E, La dispersión de la pintura gótica. Tres ejemplos que pertenecen al MAN y hoy están actualmente en el Museo del Prado, Boletín del Museo Arqueológico Nacional., Madrid, 2001, pp. 171-209 f.1.

Update date: 11-04-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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