MEDIEVAL SCULPTOR, Catalan
(active 1290s in Catalonia)
Cistercian convent, Santes Creus (Tarragona)
Master Barthomeu received the royal commission to create the tomb for Pere III (1276-1785) and his wife, Constance of Sicily, in the Cistercian abbey of Santes Creus. The marble sarcophagus, bearing figures in relief and coloured, rests on a classical porphyry bath. Above is a baldachin ornamented with tracery.
Behind the tomb of Pere III and Constance of Sicily, another royal tomb, that of Jaume II and Blanche of Anjou can be seen.