BASSA, Arnau
(active in second half of 14th century)


Ferrer Bassa (c.1285/90-1348) was Spanish painter and miniaturist who worked for the Aragon court. He is considered the founder of the Catalan School, but the only certain surviving work by his hand is a series of frescos in the chapel of S. Miguel at the convent of Pedralbes near Barcelona, executed in 1345-46 and strongly Italianate in style. Bassa's style was fully developed by his own son, Arnau, and by Ramón Destorrents.