Venanci Vallmitjana i Barbany (1826-1919)

by | Jun 9, 2024 | Sculpture


Evangelists (Together with his brother Agapit
Vallmitjana 1854)
Sant Jordi (Saint George 1861)
Portrait of Lord Stanley and his
wife (1872)
The Agriculture (Ciutadella Park in Barcelona 1886)
The Marine (Ciutadella Park in Barcelona 1886)
The Tradition (1890)
Alphonse X the Wise (Barcelona University)
Averroes (Barcelona University)
Bust of Benet Mercadé i Fàbregas (Catalonian Parliament in Barcelona)
Diana fountain (Gran Via/Llúria in Barcelona)
Lions (2) (Hall of Catalonian Government
Lluís Vives (Barcelona University)
Monastery of Montserrat façade
(Together with his brother Agapit)
Old lady portrait (Barcelona City Hall first floor)
Ramon Llull (Barcelona University)
Saint Isidor (Barcelona University)
Saint Venanci
Sketch for a statue to the queen Maria Cristina
Statue of Antoni López i López –
Marquis of Comillas – (P.Colom /
Via Laietana in Barcelona)
The Muse of music (Gran Teatre del
Liceu – Opera house – in Barcelona)
The Pietá
The Trinity
Virgin standing with the Christ-child
Virgin lifting the Crist-child
Women (2) (Urban Police building in Barcelona – attributed)
Young woman at the source

Funerary sculpture:
Tomb (Arenys de Mar Cemetery)


Born in Barcelona in 1826.
He studied together with his brother Agapit in the School of Llotja in Barcelona, as a disciple of the famous Catalonian sculptor Damià Campeny. Being one of the school’s most brilliant students, he received the prize of Llotja in 1844.
At the outset of his artistic career, he produced small nativity scene figures in clay in the Baroque style in collaboration with his brother Agapit, both of whom worked from an atelier in Tapinería Street in Barcelona.
By 1853, he had produced the statues of the evangelists for the Church of Sant Just in Barcelona, and in 1856, he became a Professor at the School of Llotja. A little later, he executed statues for the facade of the Bank of Barcelona.
Having established his reputation as a sculptor, his atelier in the chapel of Saint Àgata was visited by the most famous personalities of the day, which resulted in him receiving further important commissions .
In 1872, together with its brother Agapit, he travelled to Manchester, England, where they carried out the portraits of Lord and Lady Stanley. They also visited Paris, where their work was also well received in artistic circles.
A significant amount of his mature work was carried out in collaboration with his brother, and it is at times difficult to identify their individual contributions. Nevertheless, it is acknowledged that in Venanci’s work there is a greater sense of the spectacular. However, although it has general thought by historians and commentators that his work is of a higher quality than that of his brother, this opinion is currently being revised as a result of the greater appreciation that is now being given to the more formal perfection that is evident in Agapit’s work.
Although the Vallmitjana brothers should be considered as academic sculptors working in a realistic style, and therefore predating modernism (Catalan Art Nouveau), because the majority of their work was carried out before this style emerged, the fact that both were teachers of famous modernist sculptors, such as Llimona, Gargallo and others, gives them a special importance as precursors of the style.
After the death of his younger brother Agapit in 1905, which broke the fertile bond that ensured their collaborative success, Venanci Vallitjana i Barbany continued to live and work in Barcelona until his death in 1919.


Left to Right:
The Marine 1886
The Agriculture 1886

Funerary Sculpture

Pantheón in Arenys de Mar Cemetery

Bibliography on Venanci Vallmitjana i Barbany

Title Author Published by Year

Guía del Cementerio de Montjuïc 

Aguado, Neus

Institut Municipal dels Serveis Funeraris de Barcelona

L’escultura catalana Cirici i Pellicer 1957
gran enciclopèdia catalana Different authors Enciclopèdia Catalana
Enciclopèdia Salvat Català Different authors Edicions Salvat
Un siglo de escultura catalana Infiesta,José Manuel  1975
Diccionario bibliográfico de artistas de Cataluña Ràfols, J. F.   1953
L’escultura del segle XIX a Catalunya Subirachs i Burgaya, Judit Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat 1994

Catàleg de donatius
Junta de Museus de Catalunya


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Eusebi ARNAU i Mascort
Miquel BLAY i Fabregues
Joan Carreres
Enric Clarasó i Daudí
Lambert Escaler i Milà
Manel FUXÀ i Leal
Pau GARGALLO i Catalán
Alfons Juyol i Bach
Josep LLIMONA i Bruguera
Agustí Querol
Josep Reynés i Gurguí
Agapit VALLMITJANA i Barbany
VenancI VALLMITJANA i Barbany