Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael: a legendary iconography /2

Montse Gumà Saint Michael Up to now I have mentioned few names because, of all these celestial creatures, the only ones that have one are the archangels, a class apart among the celestial cohorts and, from the point of view of the iconography, the richest. Although there are seven of them, a sacred number, there…

Read more »
Author: Montse Gumà

Not all angels are the same: art shows us this /1

Montse Gumà This Christmas we propose for you a visit to our collections, enriched with some examples from other museums, in which you will be able to discover how angels are depicted in art. As Louis Réau tells us in Iconography of Christian Art, “God does not live alone in Paradise.” He is accompanied by…

Read more »
Author: Montse Gumà

Lluïsa Vidal, a woman artist in a world of men

 Montse Gumà In 1905 a series of 25 postcards were published of the most important artists of the time, according to its author Francesc Serra Dimas, who portrayed them in a personal and intimate environment.  Among the characters portrayed it is worth highlighting Lluïsa Vidal. In 1915, a second series of 35 new images came…

Read more »
Author: Montse Gumà

The Palau Nacional, a building with a long history /2

Montse Gumà and Sandra Esteban in collaboration with Marta Mérida During the Spanish Civil War, the Palau Nacional was evacuated and the works moved to Olot and Darnius. In 1937 some pieces travelled to Paris to form part of an exhibition of Catalan medieval art.  Once the conflict had come to an end, in 1939,…

Read more »
Author: Montse Gumà

The Palau Nacional, a building steeped in history / 1

Montserrat Gumà and Sandra Esteban in collaboration with Marta Mérida Montjuïc, the mountain where the Palau Nacional is located, was for many years a marginal zone of the city. The site of the building had been one of the mountain’s many quarries. With the International Exposition of 1929 Barcelona gained the Montjuïc mountain, which over…

Read more »
Author: Montse Gumà

Still lifes on the museum’s collection

Montse Gumà, in collaboration with Valeria Nepeina Are you one of those people who stops and gazes at market stalls and the shop windows of florists and the more traditional grocery stores? When you travel, are markets must-see attractions on your sightseeing trips? We love the colours, the smells, the orderly arrangement of the fruit…

Read more »
Author: Montse Gumà

The “private life” of the museum: from the nineteen thirties to today

Montse Gumà We offer an illustrated tour in a jump of eighty years in the life of the museum.  Flicking through the issues of September, October and November of the Butlletí dels Museus d’Art de Barcelona (The Newsletter of the Art Museum of Barcelona) of 1936, which reproduce a talk given by Joaquim Folch i Torres, the first…

Read more »
Author: Montse Gumà

Genesis and process of the digital catalogues in the Fundación Juan March

Montse Gumà Making all the art catalogues of the Foundation available from 1973 until the present day has been a major challenge and one that has been achieved in less than two years by a multi-disciplinary team. This was explained to us in a working session among museum professionals -mostly from the museums that make…

Read more »
Author: Montse Gumà

Participating in Google Art Project: opportunity or competition?

Google Art Project

When Google Art Project appeared on the scene in February 2011, the Museu Nacional had only just made available the online collection and had published the catalogue of the works exhibited in the rooms, making them more accessible. Once we had got over the first impulse of finding out how to contact Google and to…

Read more »
Author: Montse Gumà