Illustrated books from Alexandre de Riquer’s private library/1

Yolanda Ruiz Alexandre de Riquer is one of the most representative figures of Catalan Modernisme. Especially outstanding was his activity in the field of the graphic arts, in which he displayed great creativity. He was the finest representative of international design in Catalonia at the beginning of the twentieth century because he was the best-informed…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz

Being a Friend of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, the story of a friendship

Toni Mata We at the Friends of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya Foundation endeavour to compile the testimonies that we are sent by our members. We are happy about, and at the same stimulated by, the fact that they appreciate the activities we organize, the treatment they receive, the crowd-funding actions that we initiate…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

A numismatist? What’s a numismatist?/2

Maria Clua In the previous article, we saw that one of the jobs of a numismatist is to record, classify and study, but what else is done at the Gabinet Numismàtic de Catalunya (Numismatic Cabinet of Catalonia – GNC) once we have the main data and the identifying details of the piece inside the collection…

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Author: Maria Clua

A numismatist? What’s a numismatist?

Maria Clua As a general rule, whenever I am asked what I do, my reply causes a certain amount of expectation. Let me explain: – If I say, “I work in a museum,” the other person usually says, “Oh, how interesting! Which one?” – If I say, “I’m an archaeologist,” the following comment is, “How…

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Author: Maria Clua

Three years of Tàndem: the school and the museum, partners in education

Esther Fuertes The year that has just ended marks the milestone of three years of intense collaboration between the museum and the Miquel Bleach School in the framework of the Escoles Tàndem (Tandem Schools) programme. During this time we have worked for art and heritage to become important in the teachers’ training and in the…

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Author: Esther Fuertes

The Collection of the Propaganda Commission of the Generalitat de Catalunya (1936-1939) conserved in the library

Yolanda Ruiz On the occasion of the exhibition Romanesque Picasso  in the foyer of the Library of the museum, we are exhibiting some documents published by the Propaganda Commission.  The Commission, directed by Jaume Miravitlles, was created in Barcelona on 3rd October 1936 and remained active until February 1939. The activity of the Commission, as…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz

Panoramic wallpapers, a winter journey through the museum’s landscapes

Julia Pelletier At Christmastime, the educArt room was full of families creating a landscape together. On average, 35 people every day, adults and children, took part in this proposal devised and conducted by the textiles designer and illustrator Julia Pelletier. The panoramic wallpapers that this workshop created can be seen free of charge in 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

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…

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Author: Montse Gumà

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