Museum of Solsona




Mural decoration of the central apse. The Apocalypse

  • Fresco painting
  • 700 x 529 x 775 cm
  • Late 11th century
  • Origin: church of Sant Quirze de Pedret, Cercs (El Berguedà)


Of the murals that decorated the church of Sant Quirze de Pedret, the originals from the two lateral apses are conserved in the National Museum of Art of Catalonia. The rest of the originals arrived at the Museum of Solsona in 1940.

On the central wall: the apocalyptic vision of the throne where the Book of the Seven Seals lies. The twenty-four elders, distributed across three panels, are shown looking at the book. On the right wall, the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, symbols of Famine, Pestilence, Death and War, with Saint John writing his vision and a seraphim with three pairs of wings and The Chosen. On the left wall: the souls of the dead before the altar of God. On the barrel vault, it is possible to make out Christ in Glory, accompanied by the symbols of the evangelists. On the intrados of the arch: Cain and Abel. And outside the apse: the sacrifice of Isaac and the saints Cyricus and Julitta.

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