Altar Frontal from Sant Cebrià de Cabanyes



Second quarter of the 14th century

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The small church of Sant Cebrià de Cabanyes dates from then eleventh and twelfth centuries. It was an independent parish until the sixtieth century, and in 1867 liturgical celebrations ceased. The altar frontal with scenes from the life of Saint Cyprian was removed and in 1888 it was exhibited at the Universal Exhibition in Barcelona. In 1899 it entered to the Museu Episcopal de Vic. It shows eight scenes of the saint's life, all framed by pointed arches: preaching, declaration before the proconsul, retirement to the desert, return to Carthage, judgment of the saint, way to the site of martyrdom, execution and burial. Like other related frontals from the same period, that from Cabanyes does not show a central image of Christ or the Virgin Mary, but scenes of the martyr's life. The frontal from Cabanyes is executed in the linear Gothic style, originated in northern France and England at the end of the thirteenth century, and spread throughout Europe during the following decades. Marisa Melero inscribed it as a reflection of the workshops of the Cerdagne region, one of the most important focal points of the emerging linear Gothic in Catalonia, probably transmitted through patronage by the kings of Mallorca, sovereigns of the Roussillon and in contact with the papal court in Avignon. 

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Room5 ,Floor0

4 Romanesque Art

5-6-7-8 Gothic Art

Detalls de l’obra




Second quarter of the 14th century


Tempera on wood


103 x 163 x 5 cm


From the church of Sant Sant Cebrià de Cabanyes (Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Vallès Oriental)


MEV 9697