Tag: romanesque art

Saint Michel de Cuxa: from stones to words

Jordi Camps Saint Michel de Cuxa: an exceptional Romanesque site One of the most spectacular and enigmatic Catalan Romanesque monuments is without doubt the Benedictine monastery of Saint Michel de Cuxa, on the north side of the Pyrenees, in the shadow of the Canigó mountain evoked admirably by Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer. The architectural site remains…

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Author: Jordi Camps

The Museu Nacional is restoring works from the Monastery of Ripoll

Joan Pey Have you ever seen these four carved stone sculptural bases from the middle third of the 12th century? They belong to the Monastery of Ripoll and are on permanent loan in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, exhibited in the Romanesque Art galleries. It has been possible to reunite a lion’s head, which…

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Author: Joan Pey

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

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

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

The making of a Travel in the Middle Ages

Marc Sureda To be the curator and organiser of a temporary exhibition such as Travel in the Middle Ages brings with it a series of foreseen tasks in terms of the Planning, but also, it is clear, a number of unexpected experiences. These things make our work an always varied trade. Sometimes they cause concern…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger