A luxurious 16th-century bride’s chest in the Museu Nacional

Daniel Vilarrúbias The chest was perhaps the container par excellence in Catalonia in the early modern period, since the type appears in the mid 15th century, coexisting with iron-bound or heavier-looking chests, and it disappears in the middle of the 18th century, when the wardrobe became widespread and the chest of drawers suddenly appeared, dressing…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Tokyo: The last Station

Anna Carreras i Mireia Campuzano The exhibition Barcelona: City of Artistic Miracles, for which the Museu Nacional loaned about 60 works, ended its tour of Japan suddenly at the end of March, due to the impact of COVID-19. Even so, the exhibition was very well received by the public. Organized by the Nagasaki Prefectural Art…

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Author: Anna Carreras

Scenes of creation: artists’ workshops /2

Francesc Quílez The artist’s workshop: a multi-faceted space Ending this digression and getting back to the connecting thread of my discourse, I wish to demonstrate how this phenomenon of versatility allows me to make different approaches, and to take a very detailed look at the various facets presented by the motif to which I am…

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Author: Francesc Quílez

Scenes of creation: artists’ workshops / 1

Francesc Quílez In the course of the nineteenth century, the traditional artist’s workplace was transformed into an interesting motif for the artistic practice of the period, acquiring a scenographic dimension that had hitherto been unexplored. The depiction of the workshop had in fact already been featured in some of the most outstanding creative episodes in…

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Author: Francesc Quílez

The Process of Conservation-Restoration of Saint Lliberada (Wilgefortis) by Andreu Sala

Àngels Comella Joan Yeguas, curator of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya’s Renaissance and Baroque Art collection, mentioned the historical and artistic interest of this magnificent polychrome woodcarving, dated to about 1689, in a previous post. I shall now refer to the restoration and conservation process to which it has been subjected, and which has…

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Author: Àngels Comella

Photography was no exception. Photographers in the collection of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Magda Juandó As is well known, the famous question of the north American historian Linda Nochlin “Why have there been no great women artists?“(1971) and her questioning of preconceived concepts by traditional historiography, paved the way for a slow recognition of women artists in general and women photographers in particular. If we focus on the…

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Author: Magda Juandó

Neighbourhood diary. Photography in the secondary schools

adolescents i fotografia

Eugenia Ortiz and Món Casas Based on the exhibition in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya “Oriol Maspons: The useful photography 1949/1945“, from CliCme we have designed a photographic educational project with the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, in collaboration with The Consortium of Education of Barcelona. This is a cross-cutting project of photography with…

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Author: Eugenia Ortiz

The secrets of the third side of the coin

canto moneda

Albert Estrada-Rius Talking about both sides of the coin is a common phrase that forgets that there is a third with its own name: the edge. This could be defined as the outer and lateral contour that delimits and surrounds the two sides – front and back – of a coin or a medal. This…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

Adapting ourselves to the new reality: remote work

teletreball avantatges i inconvenients

Cristina Riera Four months ago, no one imagined that our lives would change as much as they have because of the pandemic caused by the coronavirus. There has been a lot of talk about teleworking for a long time, and while it is true that private companies have made great strides in this area, the…

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Author: Cristina Riera

Unidentifiable Sketch. A contemporary drawing project in the Espai educArt with the excuse of Fortuny

Croquis inconcret Èlia Llach

Èlia Llach To prepare this project, the artist Èlia Llach (Barcelona, 1976) consulted the collection of the museum’s Cabinet of Drawings and Prints several times. There, what most caught her eye were some drawings by the painter Marià Fortuny (Reus, 1838 –Rome, 1874) classified as ‘Vague Sketches’, an apparently contradictory title referring to sketches that…

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Author: Èlia Llach