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Mural painting depicting the martyrdom of Thomas Becket, 12th-13th centuries

Romanesque mural painting of the martyrdom of Thomas Becket (detail), 12th-13th centuries. Photo: Terrassa Museum

Romanesque mural painting of the martyrdom of Thomas Becket (detail), 12th-13th centuries. Photo: Terrassa Museum

The Church of Santa Maria was consecrated on January 1 1112. 

The paintings in the recess of the south transept are devoted to the martyrdom of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered by armed men by order of Henry II on December 29 1170. The act was the result of social and political disagreements between Becket and the King. 

Pope Alexander III canonised him In 1173, triggering the rapid spread of his worship. The fact that Becket was an Augustinian canon influenced this choice of subject matter. In terms of style, the work has been linked to that of the Master of Espinelves and dates from the early 13th century.

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