Tag: painting

Gold and Gilding in Medieval Art

Mireia Mestre The properties of gold, the bright yellow colour, the ductility and the fact of it being immutable, have been ideal, not just for minting coinage, but also for its use in the arts of every civilization. It has always been a rare, precious, material, reserved for worship, associated with eternity and divine power,…

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Author: Mireia Mestre

Torné Esquius, an artist conformed to none of the official canons

Eduard Vallès and Elena Llorens A monographic exhibition on Pere Torné Esquius posed a challenge. Although exhibitions had been mounted previously, neither his life nor his work as a whole had ever been studied in great detail. Torné Esquius is by no means an unknown in Catalan art. It could be said that he is…

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Author: Eduard Vallès

Street Art enters the Intitute and the Museum

Sandra Figueras Now that the eighth edition of the programme Creators in Residence in the institutes of Barcelona has just started and we are beginning our fourth year as mediators, we would like to share here the experience of the last course with the street artist BTOY. Walls of the street, the institute and the…

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Author: Sandra Figueras

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…

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Author: Montse Gumà

About the exhibition “The Divine Morales”

Joan Yeguas The exhibition of the painter Luis de Morales’ work is making its third and last stop on its tour at our museum. Organized in collaboration with the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao, where it has already been seen, it will remain open in Barcelona until 25th…

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Author: Joan Yeguas

“Adversus iudaeos” in paintings in the Gothic art collection

Cèsar Favà The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya’s Gothic Art collection has a varied group of works that enables us to see the different views that Christianity spread of the Jews in the early Middle Ages. Here we shall discuss some images in which the figure of the Jew is portrayed in an openly negative…

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Author: Cèsar Favà

The inside story of the exhibition of Still-lifes from the Spanish Golden Age

Joan Yeguas Mounting an exhibition is a complex thing, because it involves different people working towards a common goal. In this one, Undamaged. Still Lifes from the Spanish Golden Age, I have acted as the chief curator, one more of the team working together. I do not wish to talk about a curator’s duties, because…

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Author: Joan Yeguas

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…

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Author: Montse Gumà

Curiosities of the collection: Renaissance and Baroque

With this post we will be continuing with the series of Curiosities of the collection. We dedicated the first article to Modern Art. Did you know that the modernity of El Greco was due to the mixture of two expressionist trends of the 16th century? El Greco was a formal expressionist (thanks to Venice) and…

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Author: Redacció museu

The chronicle of a large-size painting restoration

Hercules Searching for the Hesperides by Aleix Clapés looks splendid once again in the Palau Güell It has been over a century since Aleix Clapés took charge of the pictorial decoration of the Palau Güell, designed by Antoni Gaudí, to paint three versions, of different sizes, but practically identical, of Hercules Searching for the Hesperides, one of…

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Author: Redacció museu