Category: Research

Reconstructing doors from the past. Entering into the lapidary collection of the Museu Nacional

In the museum we continually receive postgraduate and masters’ degree students, doing internships.  Today, we have invited David Fernández to explain his research experience, almost like a detective, which has allowed the puzzle of fragments, corresponding to four doors from different places around the city, to be reconstructed. David Fernández When Jordi Casanovas proposed this…

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Author: Z_Estudiants en pràctiques de Postgraus i Màsters

The scattered patrimony of the Jewish cemetery of Montjuïc

Jordi Casanovas Surprisingly, once the Jewish cemetery had disappeared as a legal entity, and after intensive reuse of its gravestones as building material, the presence of large blocks with Hebrew inscriptions on them in one part of the mountain of Montjuïc still caught the attention of many people who were walking around it. Hence the…

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Author: Jordi Casanovas

An Almoravid thurible in Romanesque art

This week’s blog includes a version of the text published in the blog of the Museum of the Alhambra, which links Romanesque works in different museums, including ours, to an Almoravid thurible in the Alhambra’s collection. Museum of the Alhambra One of the most outstanding bronzes to be found exhibited in the Museum of the…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Three Romanesque capitals from Sant Miquel de Fluvià identified in the Museu Nacional

Jordi Camps The cloister is one of the basic and at the same time most visually attractive parts of monasteries and cathedrals. From the Romanesque period onwards it became a monumental, articulated area, endowed with an iconographic programme sculpted on the arcades of all four sides. Due to the gradual disappearance of some of the…

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Author: Jordi Camps

What we discover about Ramon Casas with infrared reflectography

Mireia Campuzano, Núria Pedragosa and Carme Ramells For the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ramon Casas, celebrated last year, here is what the studies carried out with infrared reflectography reveal to us about different paintings by the artist conserved in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Reflectography shows that Casas sometimes approached the composition…

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Author: Mireia Campuzano

Computer vision as applied to works of art: a new perspective

Pilar Rosado We have invited Dr Pilar Rosado to talk about the most outstanding aspects of her research on computer vision as applied to art, the subject of her PhD thesis. This is a post of a specialization that is maybe unusual in blogs, but clearly explained with very explanatory images, which we think is…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

The story of an experience at the Tate after the Postgraduate course in Museum Management

Mercè Giralt As a former student in the second year of the Postgraduate course in Museum Management, I would like to take the opportunity to share here one of the best experiences I have had in the field of museums and which I would probably not have had without first studying this programme. Thanks to…

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Author: Z_Estudiants en pràctiques de Postgraus i Màsters

The magnificence of the “fashion” and the brightness of the colours of Gothic II

The use of incisions by the artist As we saw in the previous article, once the panel had been prepared with the different layers of plaster, the artist made the preparatory sketch. He began with sticks of charcoal and, when it was done, he half erased it with a feather; he then went over the entire drawing…

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Author: Ana Ponce

The magnificence of the “fashion” and the brightness of the colours of the Gothic I

The panel of The princess Eudoxia in front of the tomb of Saint Stephen of the altarpiece of Saint Stephen of Granollers represents the Roman Emperor Theodosius II and Empress Eudoxia leading their daughter, the princess Eudoxia, possessed by the devil, in front of the relics of Saint Stephen. It shows the moment of the…

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Author: Núria Prat

How the citizens of the period saw the Frontal of Sant Pere de Boí?

Anna Carreras i Àngels Comella It is difficult to imagine, nowadays what a classical or medieval work of art looked like when it had just been finished. You only need to think about the controversy caused by the cleaning of the paintings of the Sistine Chapel, which allowed us to see the colours themselves of…

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Author: Àngels Comella