Category: General

The Ukiyo-e of the Museu Nacional

Alícia Cornet The ukiyo-e  in context A ukiyo-e is a type of xylographic printing in colour that was produced in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868) and the Meiji period (1868-1912). During the period of stability and peace that Japan lived in the Edo period, governed by the Tokugawa family, this led to the growth…

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Author: Alícia Cornet

Stories in the museums for rebel children

Norma Vélez An activity for families with the aim of highlighting the value of the role of women in the fields of research and creation. An experience of the working group Museums and audiences 5 museums have jointly organised ourselves to offer the activity Stories in the museums for rebel children: as well as the…

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Author: Norma Vélez

Bookplates of Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Adela Laborda, Francesc  Quílez and Mercè Saura, with the collaboration of Carme Osan The museum conserves in the Cabinet of Drawings, prints and posters some 15,000 bookplates (exlibris), the Latin term used to call those small works of art printed on paper that indicate the name of the owner of a book and that tend to…

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Author: Adela Laborda

Eusebi Arnau’s sculpture of Barcelona recovers all its force

Àlex Masalles Among the white marble sculptures in the Dome Hall of the Museu Nacional, there is, to the left of the door to the restaurant, a work in bronze with a dark patina mounted on a base of Montjuïc stone. It is an allegorical representation of the city of Barcelona by the sculptor Eusebi…

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Author: Àlex Masalles

“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

200 articles published in the blog!

We have reached 200 articles published in the blog of the museum! That’s why we are producing a collection of the articles which have been followed with greater interest by our readers and we take advantage of this to ask you at the end about the topics you would like us to talk about in…

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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

Escape Experience in the Museu Agbar de les Aigües

Finding new formats of activities to attract new audiences is an important challenge for museums nowadays, and among these “new” publics there are often youths. Faced with this challenge, and aware that the escape rooms are attracting a profile that we are interested in getting to know and to bring them to the museum, we…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

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