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Decoration

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Altar for the Bocabella chapel
(1885-1890)
Carrer Mirambell, 4. Barcelona

In 1885 bookseller Josep Maria Bocabella i Verdaguer, patron of the Sagrada Familia, commissioned Antoni Gaudí to design an altar for his house. Bocabella obtained a papal licence to celebrate mass in his private chapel in late 1890 when the altar must already have been complete. Today the piece is owned by a private collector.

The altar is mahogany, with both the feet and the predella decorated with plant motifs. The altar stone has a cavity for holding relics and in the centre of the altarpiece is a tabernacle, with three angels and door lined with damask bearing the letters Alpha and Omega. The piece is completed by portraits of Saint Francis of Paola, Saint Teresa of Jesus and the Holy Family, crowned by a border of leaves in fabric and wood. 

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