El Mestre de la Llotja de Mar de Perpinyà (àlies Mestre de Canapost; àlies Mestre de la Seu d'Urgell)

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Contrary to some opinions which prefer to keep the Master of Canapost and the Master of La Seu d'Urgell as separate personalities, this article proposes returning to a single identity, and suggests an alternative name: Master of Llotja of Perpinyà (Perpignan). The attribution of a Calvary preserved in the parish church of Palau del Vidre (Rosselló/Roussillon) to the painter, reinforces the theory which places his activity in Perpinyà, capital town of Northern Catalonia, in the last decades of the XVth Century. A definition of the Master's catalogue is discussed, and what has been said about his connection with the Flemish and French painting is being qualified. The Master's identity is still unknown, but in the third section of the article the possibility -already pointed out by F. Quilez- of suggesting Rafael Tamarro (not Zamarro), painter and canon in Sant Joan of Perpinyà, is discussed. In the same way, the formative paths which brought some Hispanic painters to travel to the North -the Low Countries or Provence- and the migration of Northern European artists to Catalonia is being considered. In this second outline, new data about the barcelonese stay of Nicolas Froment II, son of the well-known painter with the same name, are provided, and, most important, the origin from Picardy for these painters is confirmed with new documentary evidence. Finally, in an appendix, is presented an hypothetical reconstruction of the original placement of the twelf canvases on the doors of the organ -now missing- of the Cathedral of La Seu d'Urgell.
Original languageCatalan
Pages (from-to)137-169
Number of pages33
JournalLocus Amoenus (Ed. impresa)
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Mestre de la Llotja de Mar de Perpinyà
  • Mestre de Canapost
  • Mestre de la Seu d'Urgell
  • Catalunya
  • Pintura
  • Segle xv
  • Master of the Llotja de Mar of Perpinyà
  • Master of Canapost
  • Master of Seu d'Urgell
  • Catalonia
  • Painting
  • Xvth Century

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