Have you heard that a picture is worth a thousand words? We all know a little bit about this if we think about the brands that we see every day. We distinguish an iphone 8 from a 12Pro by far, we differentiate Nike from Adidas at first glance and no one will make us believe that a cheap headphones from the market are airpods. The same thing happened to our ancestors but with a whole other kind of things … Did you know that they were able to distinguish without thinking, the identity of a religious character just by looking in the attributes he o she carried? A girl with a tray with two eyes? Saint Lucia! A bearded gentleman with a key? Saint Peter!
And it is that in times when the majority of the population could not read, and the images became the best form of communication with the ordinary folk. The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans laid the foundations of a system of graphic representations that Christianity, during the Middle Ages, ended up perfecting completely, as evidenced by the fact that they have lasted more than 2,000 years.
We invite you to rediscover this code of artistic representations with one of the Gothic jewels preserved in Badalona: the monastery of Sant Jeroni de la Murtra.
Together we will study the clues, details and attributes that will allow us to recognize each of the characters hiding in the cloister of this magnificent monastery, faster than we’ll take to discard an imitation sweatshirt!