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Compartment of the altar...
Room 13



Renaissance

Joan Gascó, Perot Gascó

Compartment of the altarpiece from the chapel dedicated to saint Bartholomew at the Hospital of Vic, with Saint Bartholomey destroying the pagan idol

Vic
1525 - 1526
Tempera and oils on wood
127,8 x 99,7 x 6,5 cm
From the ancient Pilgrim's Hospital of Vic (Osona)
MEV 64

The scene shows one of the most famous miracles attributed to saint Bartholomew in India: the saint, raising an arm, makes a diabolic spirit come out of the golden idol in which il lived, beaking it in pieces. This provokes the conversion of king Polemius, impressed by the miracle. The Vic tanners guild had its altar in the chapel dedicated to saint Bartholomew at the Pilgrim Hospital of Vic, once located near the Queralt bridge, and adorned it with an altarpiece composed by a predella painted by Ferran Camargo in 1491, a central panel and dustguards commissioned to Joan Gascó in 1513 and eight side scenes contracted also to him in 1525. This panel, one of these last works, is the only remaining element of the altarpiece. The chapel disappeared in 1838 and the panel was in the MEV in 1891, but it was retired after the spanish civil war and ended in private collections. The Cercle del MEV purchased it for the MEV in 2009. This table is a good exemple of the working system of the Gascó workshop during the artistical convivence of Joan and Perot, father and son. In the elementary construction of the space, composed of juxtaposed groups (the saint and soldiers, the niche with the statue and the king and counselors), the procedures of the father's painting are revelled; and, at once, some features such as the stylisation of figures and faces, common in works of this period as in the Calvary of Pruit, foreshadow the style of pieces painted after 1529, attributed to Perot as the workshop's head, e.g. the altarpiece of Sant Vicenç de Borgonyà.


Room 13
Floor 1
9-10-11 Gothic Art
12-13-14 Renaissance
15-16 Textiles and Clothing
17 Glass