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The Last Supper of the Vic Cathedral Facade Rediscovered

Xavier Barral I Altet
Gesta
Vol. 28, No. 2 (1989), pp. 121-126
DOI: 10.2307/767061
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/767061
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The Last Supper of the Vic Cathedral Facade Rediscovered
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Abstract

The facade of the Cathedral of Sant Pere at Vic imitated a Roman triumphal arch. The corner columns, the embrasures, and the archivolts can be compared to the façade of Santa Maria at Ripoll. The discovery of an important sculptural fragment, now in the collection of the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, confirms the accuracy of the descriptions which mention a lintel of the Last Supper on the Vic façade. According to the documented accounts, the composition of the facade focused on a Christ in Majesty, which was probably placed in the tympanum, above a lintel of the Last Supper. This arrangement can be compared with that of the central portal of Saint-Gilles-du-Gard, whose tympanum has a Christ in Majesty, surrounded by Evangelist symbols, above a lintel of the Last Supper. The chronology of the sculptural workshops at Ripoll in the second half of the twelfth century agrees with that which can be suggested for the sculpture of the facade of Sant Pere at Vic on the basis of the documents and the preserved fragments.

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