Bartolomé Bermejo (Hardcover)

Master of the Spanish Renaissance

By Letizia Treves, Paul Ackroyd (Contributions by), Rachel Billinge (Contributions by), Lorne Campbell (Contributions by), Tobias Capwell (Contributions by), Gabriele Finaldi (Contributions by), Akemi Herráez Vossbrink (Contributions by), Gabriella Macaro (Contributions by), Joan Molina Figueras (Contributions by), David Peggie (Contributions by), Marika Spring (Contributions by)

National Gallery London, 9781857096446, 128pp.

Publication Date: July 30, 2019

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Painted in 1468, Saint Michael Triumphant over the Devil is the first documented work by Bartolomé Bermejo (c. 1440–c. 1501), a 15th-century Spanish artist by whom only about 20 paintings are known. Acquired by the National Gallery in 1995, the painting depicts the Archangel Michael defeating Satan, in the form of a hybrid monster, with Antoni Joan, feudal lord of Tous, kneeling nearby. The work is remarkable for its mastery of the oil-painting technique, influenced by Netherlandish painting and unrivaled by Bermejo’s contemporaries in Spain. Following the painting’s detailed technical examination and restoration, the authors provide a fascinating account of this rare work, accompanied by high quality new photography and placing the painting in the broader context of Bermejo’s career in 15th-century Aragon.

About the Author

Letizia Treves is the James and Sarah Sassoon Curator of Later Italian, Spanish, and French 17th-Century Paintings at the National Gallery, London.