Antoni Viladomat

Passeig de Lluís Companys

Sculptor: Torquat Tasso, signed
Restoration: Frederic Marès
Pedestal: Josep Vilaseca
Materials: Bronze on pedestal made of stone from Montjuïc
Inauguration: May 20, 1888

Torquat Tasso won the national competition organized by the Barcelona City Council to make the statue of Catalan painter Antoni Viladomat. It represents, at the same time, the artist and in the Painting itself, which thus becomes a paragon of the other arts, science or letters. From its pedestal, the figure of Viladomat is emphasized, and its aristocratic air refers to the pictura Horacian poetry, which gives the painting the same nobility as the Liberal Art. In relation to the other seven sculptures in the San Juan Salon series, Tasso changes the closed scheme of a compact block to play with the void and with an elegant mobility of legs and arms.

This representation is, together with that of Rafael de Casanova, originally within the same program, which is related to the Catalonia of the seven hundred. The critical fortune of Viladomat is associated with the period of the Restoration and, at the same time, its memory is perpetuated in the new Barcelona expansion where the main streets received the names that synthesize the history of Catalonia, including that of this painter, who was also present since 1812 in the Pictorial Gallery of Illustrious Catalans, with a portrait of Antonio Caba i Casamitjana.

  • S. Pere, S. Caterina i La Ribera
  • Pg. de Lluís Companys


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