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Camí del Calvari (Road to Calvary)

<p><em>Cam&iacute; del Calvari</em> (Road to Calvary), attributed to Pere Mates, 16<sup>th</sup> century, oil and tempera on panel, 111 &times; 40.5 cm</p>

Camí del Calvari (Road to Calvary), attributed to Pere Mates, 16th century, oil and tempera on panel, 111 × 40.5 cm

The attribution of this panel to the Girona-based painter Pere Mates, who was born in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, is based on resemblance this work’s painting style to other well documented works by the most important Catalan painter of the 16th century.

The composition of this scene is very ecstatic because of the frontal position of the main figure. Generally speaking, the canon of his figures is gradually foreshortened until yielding low, robust figures, often short-legged and with excessively large heads. His light is also quite medieval, with few shadows and random chiaroscuros, and a lack of clear consistency in the space.

During the Spanish Civil War, this painting was deposited by the Generalitat’s Board to Safeguard the Heritage.

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