A previously unexhibited series by the painter Cajetan Roos (or Gaetano de Rosa)

Joan Yeguas The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya looks after a collection of almost 1,400 works in the Renaissance and Baroque Art collection, most of which are in the storerooms. Like other museums, a percentage of the total is usually loaned out to different entities or public bodies. One of these cases arises in the…

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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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A previously unexhibited still-life by Antonio Ponce at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Joan Yeguas The materials in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya’s storeroom include works little known to the public and to Art History scholars. One example is Still-life by Antonio Ponce. An oil painting on canvas (38 x 55 cm), it entered the museum in 1962 as part of the bequest of Domènec Teixidó i…

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A bearded woman crucified: the Saint Wilgefortis of Andreu Sala

Santa Lliberada MNAC

Joan Yeguas          One of the sculptures of the Museu Nacional which catches the attention of the public is an image nailed to the cross wearing a tunic and with a beard. Despite this description, this is not a Christ in Majesty crucified. The work was restored by the Area of Restoration and Preventive Conservation, and…

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August L. Mayer and the Baroque painting in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Museografia del Museu d'Art Modern al Palau Nacional, 1934. Vista parcial de la Col·lecció Gil. AFB.

Joan Yeguas August Liebmann Mayer (Griesheim, 1885 – Auschwitz, 1944) was one of the great experts on Spanish painting of his day; his opinion was heeded in academic circles, the world of museums and the field of art dealing. He graduated in Berlin in 1907 under the wing of Heinrich Wölfflin and with the support…

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A version of a painting by Quentin Metsys in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Joan Yeguas The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya’s reserve collection contains works little known to the public and to scholars of art history. One example is Oratory (1525-1618). It is a small wooden oratory (97 x 52 cm) with porphyry and onyx incrustations, and a central panel painting. The work was purchased from the heirs…

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The influence of Dürer on the Renaissance and Baroque of the museum

Joan Yeguas Albrecht Dürer was a recognised German painter and printer from the Renaissance period.  His woodcut prints were fundamental for the pictorial and sculptural art of the 16th century throughout Europe.  The influence of engraving as a source of inspiration is a well-known theme and one studied by specialists.  In Italy, it is worth…

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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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Rethinking the Collection: new attributions in the Renaissance and Baroque

Joan Yeguas The reorganization of the Renaissance and Baroque art collection, which reopened in January 2018, made it possible to recover many works of art that had been kept in the storerooms for years. Many had previously been exhibited in the permanent rooms, whether temporarily during earlier reorganizations (like the one in 2004) or as…

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Damià Forment and the Dormition of the Virgin

Damià Forment

Joan Yeguas With the passage of time and the varied museography that the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya has enjoyed, the sculpture group of the Dormition of the Virgin attributed to Damià Forment has become one of the icons of the museum’s Renaissance and Baroque collection. The theme of the Dormition represents the transit of…

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