Peccata Mundi, the ceremony-performance by Miralda

Lluís Alabern Peccata Mundi is an artistic ceremony-performance-installation, thought up by  Antoni Miralda (Velázquez Awards for Plastic Arts, 2018) based around a huge bedspread which reproduces the Agnus Dei from the Romanesque mural painting of Sant Climent de Taüll. This enormous tapestry was created in 1989 as a wedding present for the symbolic marriage that…

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Author: Lluís Alabern

Beneath the colour: the underlying drawings of Bartolomé Bermejo

Mireia Campuzano and Carme Ramells The exhibition Bermejo: the 15th-Century Rebel Genius has for a few months allowed us to enjoy exceptional works by this Flemish influenced artist. In this blog, however, we shall be placing the emphasis on studying the early stages of the creative process and we shall turn our gaze to what…

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Author: Mireia Campuzano

Affective communication: a very powerful tool of change

Sandra Esteban The demands of everyday life, the fragmentation of work spaces (both physical as well as organisational) and the excess of technification, means that we are increasingly working in a more isolated and disconnected way from each other. This reality, which can be found in a large number of organisations, leads to a deterioration…

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Author: Sandra Esteban

The Ayala family: a metaphor for social ostentation

Joan Yeguas As part of the visit to the Renaissance and Baroque Art collection there is an area called “Portraiture: Painted Biographies”, with a small section devoted to “The image of the donor”, a good place to observe how the assertion of individuality is captured in portraits and how in certain cases a person’s social…

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Author: Joan Yeguas

Vittoria Colonna, «the most famous woman in Italy»

Pilar Vélez Vittoria Colonna was a woman with a great personality, a poetess, and according to some authors, “the most famous woman in Italy”. On one hand she was the daughter of Fabrizio Colonna and Agnese da Montefeltro, and the granddaughter of Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino. And on the other, she was the…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Maria Sampere and Francesc Pausas in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Sílvia Lanceta It is surprising, or at least a little bit, that after the fascination caused by this female portrait, the fact is we know almost nothing about the author of this painting, Francesc Pausas i Coll. The woman of the portrait, who appears from within the darkness with a closed smile, disturbing and with…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Museums and the web 2019: a recap

Conxa Rodà This post is intended to offer a quick digest of a dense Museums and the Web 3-day conference in Boston, with literally hundreds presentations, papers, forums, how-to sessions, demos, exhibits, lightning talks, Q&A sessions and conversations. For the sake of clarification, I have divided the content into three main lines/topics : audiences collection…

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Author: Conxa Rodà

The panels of Christ the Redeemer by Bermejo, a predella for the altarpiece of Santo Domingo de Silos (Daroca)

Cèsar Favà and Mireia Mestre The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is exhibiting a group made up of four magnificent paintings by Bartolomé Bermejo, one of the most fascinating artists of the fifteenth century. Two of them, Descent of Christ into Limbo and Resurrection, have been in the museum’s collection for many years. The other…

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Author: Cèsar Favà

The role of Salvador Sanpere i Miquel in the origin of the Library of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Yolanda Ruiz The past of the Library of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is centennial and has always been linked to the city’s museums. For a long period it was of municipal titleholdership until 1990, with the enactment of the law of museums, Llei 17/1990, of 2nd November, when it was integrated into the…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz

Bermejo, a Fifteenth-century Rebel Genius

Joan Molina As soon as you enter the exhibition Bermejo: The 15th Century Rebel Genius a painting catches your eye. It is Christ of the Pietà, a work painted around 1470. You will be moved by, among other things, finding yourself looking at a depiction of the naked Christ, covered only by a transparent gauze,…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger