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Christ in Majesty with Symbols of the Four Evangelists

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This fresco is among the greatest twelfth-century European paintings in the United States. It once decorated the apse - the semicircular area behind the altar - of the small church of Santa Maria del Mur, in the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees. Huge eyed and solemn, the figure of Christ in...

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12th century, apse of Santa Maria de Mur, Lérida, Spain (original commission); 1919, frescoes sold by the rector of the church to Ignasi Pollak, removed from the church, and sold by Pollak to Luís Plandiura (b. 1882 - d. 1956), Barcelona [see note 1]; 1921, sold by Plandiura, through Rafael J. Bosch, New York, to the MFA for $92,100. (Accession Date: May 5, 1921) NOTES: [1] See Anke Wunderwald and Mireia Berenguer i Amat, "Entorn al Museu: Les circumstàncies sobre la venda de les pintures murals de Santa Maria de Mur," Butlletí del Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya 5 (2001): 121-129 (English translation in MFA curatorial file).

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Maria Antoinette Evans Fund



645 x 382 x 282 cm (253 15/16 x 150 3/8 x 111 in.); 645 cm (254 in.) at greatest height; 282 cm (111 in.) at greatest depth; 382 cm (150 3/8 in.) at greatest breadth.

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Fresco secco transferred to plaster and wood