Nicolau Traver

(Barcelona, 18th and 19th centuries)

The sculptor Nicolau Traver i Montanya, the son of another sculptor, Joan Traver, was born in Barcelona in the second half of the 18th century. He is considered one of the leading sculptors of his generation, but few details are known of his life. As for his work, which focussed mainly on religious themes, very few pieces have survived to the present day.

Nicolau Traver’s style straddles the Baroque tradition of the 17th century and the academic classicism of the late 18th. He worked on the main altarpiece of the church of Esparraguera and that of Sant Pere, in Terrassa, both of which have disappeared. He also created numerous altarpieces for churches in the city of Barcelona, including those of Sant Vicenç in Sarrià (of which only some photographs remain), Santa Anna (likewise disappeared), Sant Jaume (of which the outline, drawings and some photographs remain) and Sant Felip Neri. The Víctor Balaguer Library-Museum in Vilanova i la Geltrú conserves his cross of Sant Gregori de la Geltrú, a boundary stone that represents Christ on one side and the medieval Pope Gregory on the other.

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