Category: Collection

“Gothic”, the comic: The Making Of

The museum has jointly co-published with Norma Editorial the comic, Gothic, by the writer Jorge Carrión and the artist Sagar Fornies. In this they explore the Medieval Gothic Art collection of the Museu Nacional. Jorge Carrión explains the creative process of the publication. It’s difficult to change habits, above all if they have given you…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Holy Week scenes in the Renaissance and Baroque collection

In Holy Week we invite you to come and visit the scenes of the Passion and the death of Christ in works in the museum’s Renaissance and Baroque collection, some of which can be seen in the new display. From Jesus’ Entry into Jerusalem to the Flagellation of Christ According to the gospels, Jesus, followed…

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Author: Redacció museu

The “cartes de visite” in the Museum Library

Yolanda Ruiz Until the mid nineteenth century, the possibility of having a portrait was a privilege within reach of very few people. The bibliography for the history of photography points to the direct link between calling cards and the boom in the fashion of the photographic portrait that took place in the second half of…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz

Four stories from the Renaissance and the Baroque

Peter Paulus Rubens, Lady Alethea Talbot, Countess of Arundel The sitter was the wife of Thomas Howard, the 2nd earl of Arundel, an important figure at the English court, a noted patron of the arts and literature and the owner of one of the finest collections of painting, sculpture and singular books in Europe. The…

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Author: Redacció museu

The Disembarkation of England: William Morris

The exhibition William Morris and the Arts & Crafts Movement in Great Britain, which opens today, is a good opportunity to take a detailed look at a far-reaching cultural episode, captivating and dreamlike, which made its influence felt in Barcelona: Dream The portrait of William Morris’s wife inspired a dream in the critic J.E Cirlot,…

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Author: Mariàngels Fondevila

Opening of the new Renaissance and Baroque galleries!

Full of excitement, after months of planning, rethinking, researching, restoring, documenting, adapting spaces, moving artworks from the storage rooms, hanging and unhanging, writing, labelling, lighting – in short, everything entailed in a new museographical presentation of hundreds of works from the collection – yesterday, Wednesday 24th, we reopened the Renaissance and Baroque galleries. During the…

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Author: Redacció museu

Numismatics at the Museu Nacional: activity and new projects

Albert Estrada-Rius The month of January, as is well known, is named after Janus, the Roman god of gates, crossroads and transitions, who is usually shown with two faces, one looking back to the past and the other looking forward to the future. This symbolic image invites us to take stock of the year that…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

Christmas scenes at the Museu Nacional

Martí Casas As the Christmas festivities approach, just about everyone at home is clear about which figures can’t be missing in a crib, just as it should be: the Holy Family, the ox and the mule, the three wise men with their pages…and of course we can’t forget the caganer! Taking a look at the…

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Author: Martí Casas

Marià Fortuny: painting as the representation of a worldview

Francesc Quílez This last year, those of us who love the work of the painter Marià Fortuny have been very fortunate. Two temporary exhibitions have given us the chance to contemplate the talent of one of the finest nineteenth-century European painters. Since November 2016, the show A Time for Daydreaming. Andalusia in Fortuny’s Imagery has…

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Author: Francesc Quílez

The voices of the Romanesque

Juan Carlos Asensio How are the images and music of the Romanesque related?  The manuscripts of Gregorian songs and Visigoth songs allow us to put forward an answer: the contents painted on apses and the frontals of altarpieces, the carved figures on chests and capitals, and even the ritual formulas carved in commemorative inscriptions, have…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger