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Ferrer Bassa


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(active 1324–48).

Spanish painter and illuminator who worked for the Aragon court in Barcelona. He is considered the founder of the Catalan School, but the only surviving work associated with him on documentary evidence is a series of murals (in oil rather than fresco) in the chapel of S. Miguel in the convent at Pedralbes (now a district of Barcelona), executed in 1345–6 and strongly Italianate in style. It has been suggested that the workmanship is largely that of Bassa's son Arnau or of an Italian assistant.

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