Lot 30: Mestre d'All (Activo en La Seu d'Urgell, 1428 and 1474) "Our Lady of Sorrow
October 27, 2016
Barcelona, SpainLive Auction
Mestre d'All (Activo en La Seu d'Urgell, 1428 and 1474) "Our Lady of Sorrows and Saint Peter"
Tempera panel painting. Two compartments of a predella. As Albert Velasco describes, "...the authorship can be recognised by the style of the characters which is typical in this master´s work, as well as the general structuring of the compartments. Saint Peter is absolutely similar to the one that appears in the predella of the d'Espui altarpiece which can currently be found at the Detroit Institute of Art (Michigan). He is also very similar to those that appear in the two panels dedicated to Saint Peter which are kept and the Maricel Museum in Sitges. Mary is also a perfect replica of those in the altarpieces of d'All and d'Espui. The structure is also the same, with a lower level of monochrome surface, and an architectural windowsill which allows one to locate the figures in the space, and finally, a gilded frieze in the upper part…..." This painter worked mainly in the Pyrenees in the mid-15th century. He follows the International Gothic style, although in some paintings one can appreciate the influence of Flemish realism. He painted the missing altarpiece of the "Mother of God, Saint Mary of d'All" in Isovòl, Cerdanya. He also painted the panels of the main altarpiece of Santa María d'Artíes. “Virgin with Child, musician and singer angels” is kept in the MNAC, originally coming from Santa Eulàlia d'Encamp, Andorra. The Maricel Museum in Sitges and the Detroit Institute of Art also keep some of his work. There is a plate of this painting in "Devocions pintades. Retaules de les Valls d'Àneu (Segles XV i XVI)" by Alberto Velasco. Page. 54, fig. 16. 59 x 68 cm.