Art historians have long been interested in the Portal del Mirador of the cathedral of Majorca. While the account books provide a wealth of information on the identities of the artists who worked on the Portal, several issues still need to be reexamined. This article conducts an in-depth reassessment of the artistic culture of Guillem Sagrera. Against the most widely held opinions, which relate Sagrera’s style to that of Claus Sluter and trends in Burgundy, the author stresses the need to relocate the Majorcan’s formative itinerary and place it in the context of artistic strands and exchanges whose nerve center was in Paris. However, the attribution of the Mirador Madonna to Sagrera is definitively ruled out in favor of the Florentine school and specifically Niccolò di Pietro Lamberti.
First of all, I thank my colleague Marià Carbonell, who placed his vast knowledge of Majorcan art in general and of Sagrera in particular entirely at my disposal. The final section of the article would not be what it is without the invaluable assistance of Chiara Marchesini (Archivio di Stato di Prato). For several other reasons I am also indebted to Carl B. Strehlke, Annamaria Giusti, Catalina Mas, and my wife, Mireia Mestre. This article has been painstakingly translated from the Spanish by Richard Lewis Rees.
Photo Credits: 1, 3, 5, 8, 11 – 13, 24, 25 Cabildo Catedral de Mallorca. — 2 André Michel (ed.), Histoire de l’art, t. II, Paris, 1906. — 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 17, 18, 21, 26 Rafael Cornudella. — 14 Bibliothèque nationale de France. — 15 © Région Grand Est – Inventaire général (cliché Jacques Philippot). — 16 Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. — 19, 20 Photo: Rüdiger Glahs – www.kirchenphoto.de. — 22 Photo © RMN-Grand-Palais (Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen-âge) / Gérard Blot. — 23 Photo © RMN-Grand-Palais (Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen-âge) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi. — 27 Photo: Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut. — 28 Galleria degli Uffizi – Gabinetto Fotografico. — 29 Per gentile concessione della Procuratoria di San Marco.
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