HUGUET, Jaume
(b. ca. 1415, Valls, d. 1492, Barcelona)

Vinzenz Altarpiece

c. 1458
Wood
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

The painting is from the Sarriá parish church.

Huguet attempted to distance himself from Spanish painting, which he had studied closely, in order to develop his own style. His Vinzenz Altarpiece in Sarriá shows that he was largely successful in this. Many of the pictorial attributes and details of the architecture recall Flemish models, but the individualistic faces of his figures and the spatial composition of his groups indicate that he was the first Spanish painter to find his own formal concepts - and therefore a "Spanish way" to the Renaissance.