Pere Pau Muntanya

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(Barcelona, 1749-1803)

Pere Pau Muntanya i Placeta was the favourite painter of the Barcelona bourgeoisie and nobility in the last quarter of the 18th century. He studied with Francesc Tramulles at Barcelona’s first public art school, founded by Tramulles himself. When in 1775 the Board of Trade created the Free School of Design, Pere Pau Muntanya was appointed its assistant director. Years later, in 1797, he became its director.

In Pere Pau Muntanya’s artistic production, mural painting predominates. In Reus he decorated the municipal theatre in 1777 and the great hall of the Bofarull mansion the following year. In Barcelona, in addition to the Llotja de Mar, he worked in the Holy Chapel of the Mercè church, the customs building – now the seat of the Delegation of the Spanish Government in Catalonia – and the Episcopal Palace, and he decorated the houses of numerous aristocratic and bourgeois families.

As for the themes of his work, Muntanya often turned to historical and mythological allegory. In contrast, his religious production was more limited: in 1791 he painted the altarpiece of the All Saints’ chapel of the Cathedral of Barcelona.

Muntanya entered the Sant Carles Academy of Valencia in 1777, and in 1779 he was named a member of merit of the Royal Academy of San Fernando of Madrid.

Author's works
at the Llotja de Mar

  • The Allegory of Royal Power

  • The Allegory of Monarchy and Fame

  • The Allegory of Monarchy, Time and Life

  • The Board of Trade, Protector of the Port of Barcelona

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