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Saint Andrew refusing to worship the Idol
Borrassà, Luis
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Borrassà, Luis

Gerona, 1380 - Barcelona, 1424

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Saint Andrew refusing to worship the Idol

1400 - 1405. Tempera on poplar panel.
Room 052A

This panel is from the altarpiece of Saint Andrew, which Joan Bastida commissioned for that saint’s chapel in Barcelona Cathedral. By locating the gilded idol on a complex structure in the centre, the artist could arrange the two groups in the composition on either side of it: on the left is the enthroned proconsul with two other male figures and on the right is the captured Saint Andrew with the soldiers and executioners who lead him into the proconsul’s presence.

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Borrassà, Luis
Saint Andrew refusing to worship the Idol
1400 - 1405
Poplar panel
Height: 128.2 cm; Width: 84.3 cm
Barcelona Cathedral, 1936; Rómulo Bosch Catarineu; Várez Fisa Collection, 2012; acquired by the State as non-recourse debt, 2012

Bibliography +

Gudiol Ricart, Jose, Luis Borrassà, Inst. Amatller de Arte Hispánico, Barcelona, 1953.

Gudiol Ricart, José, Reconstrucció d' una pintura gótica Separata de Cuaderno de arqueologia e historia de la ciudad, 14, Ayto. Barcelona, Mº Hª de la ciudad, Barcelona, 1970.

Silva, Pilar, Donación Várez Fisa, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 24-25 n.8.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2843.

Location +

Room 052A (On Display)

Update date: 01-04-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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