Barcelona City Council has published the book ‘Sant Jordi a Barcelona’, which consists of texts by Narcís Sayrach and photographs by Consol Bancells that discuss and depict sixty of the images devoted to Sant Jordi, who is one of the historic figures that is most often represented in Barcelona.
Undoubtedly, the most institutionally well known Sant Jordi is that which forms part of the facade of the Generalitat de Catalunya, and which having been carved in 1871 by Andreu Aleu has witnessed all the key moments of the region’s history. However, before becoming the patron saint of Catalunya, Sant Jordi was the patron saint of the Generalitat. Testimony of this is offered by the 15th century medallion that hangs over the entrance to the old garden on the Carrer del Bisbe, which was made by Pere Joan for a commission form the Consellers (Members of the Generalitat). The latter paid the sculptor twice the agreed price due to the beauty of the finished work.
In the Town Hall Sant Jordi is represented in four sculptures located in four different places: the l’escala d’honor (stairway of honour), the Saló de Reina Regent (Regent Queen’s Room), the capella del Bon Consell (chapel of Good Counsel) and the Saló de Cent (Salon of the One Hundred). Just a few metres away from the Plaça Sant Jaume, in 1975 Josep Maria Subirachs created the carved entrance to the Saló del Tinell; the central figure of this work is Sant Jordi, who is surrounded by a selection of motifs from the history of Catalonia.
The book “Sant Jordi a Barcelona” presents a selection of some of the more than two hundred images depicting the saint that are located in Barcelona, and their history is explained along with curious details and other anecdotes related to the artists that made them.