Antoni Viladomat i Manalt (Barcelona, 1678-1755) was a great Catalan Baroque painter in the 18th century. The selection of Viladomat’s works deposited in the museum displays a wide range of themes.
The Mare de Déu de la Mercè (Our Lady of Mercy) and the Verge Nena amb sant Joaquim i santa Anna (Virgin Child with Saint Joachim and Saint Anne) are religious representations that must have been part of a church, or perhaps they were versions of paintings housed in churches. El Salvador (The Saviour), La Dolorosa (Our Lady of Sorrows) and La Trinitat (The Trinity) are paintings meant for private devotional use. A sketch and the final painting remain from Aparició de Crist a sant Ignasi a Roma (The Apparition of Christ to Saint Ignatius in Rome), a saint closely tied to the history of the city of Manresa. This hall also displays one of the artist’s five portraits which still remain: Retrat d’un cavaller santjoanista (Portrait of a Knight of St John). Finally, worth highlighting is the exceptional set of four allegories of the seasons, each inspired by a different artistic tradition: La primavera (Spring) is a reflection of the French fête galante painting style; L’estiu (Summer) evinces the influence of Venetian painting; La tardor (Autumn) looks like a Flemish painting of an outdoor recreation scene; and L’hivern (Winter) shows the interiors of homes, just like Central European paintings.