What is special controversial paintings of Sijena?
Pieces of art of great pictorial importance have been the protagonists in recent weeks in a dispute over ownership of the same between Aragon and Catalonia and culminating in a trial that started this week. The judge will determine the final ownership of some paintings that carry more than 70 years in Barcelona whose origin is in the Monastery of Sijena, a small village in the province of Huesca.
The works of Byzantine influence, are an important iconographic significance. “They are the masterpiece of Spanish style painting 1200, an advanced period is between the end of the Romanesque and early Gothic art,” says Jordi Camps, head curator of Medieval Art National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), where these frescoes are exposed today.
Fall of Man and Sin
The frescoes were located in the arches of the monastery, explained the Old Testament, with the representation of man’s fall and sin. On the inside you can see very accurate of the ancestors of Christ as “a link between the old and new testament” portraits, Camps said, recalling that there is a tendency of this medieval art movement to the “individualization of the characters “where the drama is the protagonist.
Due to the fire that devastated the religious building in August 1936, during the Civil War, most of wall paintings were lost, although it has been partially preserved wall on the south side, where the flagellation of Christ is represented, His crucifixion and resurrection of the same. Also noteworthy is the presence of animals and monsters in different fresh. “They act as margins of manuscript illumination and no links with the English model that prevailed at that time”
Courtesy Car Service Barcelona