The marble reliefs imported from Italy by Miquel Mai (d. 1546), ambassador of Emperor Charles V before the Pope and Vice-Chancellor of the Catalan-Aragonese Crown, and by archdeacon Lluís Desplà (d. 1524) introduce us to the new Quattrocento language, present in Barcelona from the early 16th century. The most outstanding sculptor in Catalonia, Damià Forment, adopted the monumental style of the apostles featured in the Dormition of the Virgin group.
The pre-eminence of pictorial commissions lay in the hands of foreign artists, both from the north and the south. Despite having been made in Catalonia, first-class works were indebted to artists from abroad such as Ayne Bru, Pere Fernández, Joan de Burgunya and Pere Nunyes. Hence, the artistic change is not reflected in the oeuvre of native painters, who interpreted Renaissance forms following local tradition, but in the production of foreign masters. This can be seen in the work of the Master of Castelsardo as in that of the Gascó workshop in Vic, for these artists combined the Hispano-Flemish style and gilding with the novel Italianising trends.