The photography collection is growing: the new photo repository of Antoni Campañà i Bandranas

Roser Cambray Sometimes the reverse side of a photograph, that is to say, the back of the work, can give us a lot of information about where it came from and where it has been. This entry on the museum blog is based on an enigmatic image, taken in the small town of Kalispell (Montana,…

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Author: Roser Cambray

An extraordinary bestiary: San Pedro de Arlanza. «Griffin» and «Pardus and architecture» / 2

In the previous article we placed the fragments of mural painting from the group of San Pedro de Arlanza in context. In this article we shall discuss the recovery of the work in the storerooms, Pardus and architecture, and compare it to the piece in the permanent exhibition, the Griffin. The two beasts: the Griffin…

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Author: Paz Marquès

An extraordinary bestiary: San Pedro de Arlanza. «Griffin» and «Pardus and architecture» / 1

Paz Marquès The recovery and study of works in the museum’s storerooms, which we normally do in the Restoration and Preventive Conservation department, is a quite invisible job, in the eyes of visitors. It is a fascinating task that enables us to interpret pieces that are little known since they have never been exhibited, given…

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Author: Paz Marquès

A three-faced Trinity at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Joan Yeguas In the donation that Enric Batlló made in 1914, there appears a reference to an “Alegoría de la Santísima Trinidad (tres caras en una). Siglo XVII” (Allegory of the Holy Trinity (three faces in one). 17th century). This is an oil on canvas (45.5 x 38 cm) which represents a bust of Christ,…

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Author: Joan Yeguas

The imprint of women artists in post-war Barcelona. The creation process of a documentary exhibition

Sandra Herrera and Yolanda Ruiz The Joaquim Folch i Torres Library, continuing its commitment to make the work of women artists visible, has paid tribute to those who exhibited in the art galleries of the city of Barcelona during the post-war period (1939-1952 ). To do so, a set of materials from the small catalogues…

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Author: Sandra Herrera

Nonell, between tradition and modernity: affinities and complicities /2

Francesc Quílez i Eduard Vallès The banality of everyday life The major iconographic groups linked to the human figure that provided the vehicle enabling Nonell to find artistic elevation are, basically, those that represent the margins of society. However, in truth, a considerable proportion of Nonell’s production depicts his nearest environment, the urban artisan classes….

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Author: Francesc Quílez

Nonell, between tradition and modernity: affinities and complicities /1

Eduard Vallès and Francesc Quílez The following sections are devoted to reproduce a selection  of works by Nonell. The works are divided into several sections that correspond to his main artistic interests and the themes he explored. Each of these centres of interest is illustrated by some of Nonell’s most outstanding pieces, linked to their…

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Author: Eduard Vallès

Program to improve the emotional state of professionals: Recuper’art

Anna Calvet Can art heal? I am one of those who think so. In it, I have found refuge many times. When I’m discouraged, I like to immerse myself in the silence of museums to look for answers (or find even more questions). Because in a work, I can discover my own reflection. A mirror…

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Author: Anna Calvet

Maria Sampere, eyes that always look at you

Sílvia Lanceta & Juli G. Pausas She looks at you all the time, wherever you place yourself, a few feet above you, enigmatic. Her haunting gaze captures all the attention. You contemplate the seduction of her eyes, grey as the sea at sunset, full of life and expectations. You follow the luminous sharpness of her…

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Author: Sílvia Lanceta

The Security in the Museum

Joan Josep Pintado Different and varied professions coexist in the museum. The trades that first come to mind are those that come in contact with the works of art and exhibitions: restorers, curators, conservators, registrars, educators, etc.  But there are a whole other series of trades without which the museum would not work: admin staff,…

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Author: Joan Josep Pintado