Category: Collection

Concerning the Antoni Fabrés exhibition at the Museu Nacional

Eduard Vallès The exhibition dedicated to Antoni Fabrés by the Museu Nacional is in many ways a novelty. The most important of them is the fact that it is the first monographic exhibition dedicated to this artist in Catalonia. The last one was held in one of the countries where Fabrés worked, Mexico, where he…

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Author: Eduard Vallès

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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Author: Joan Yeguas

Plans for the summer? The museum doesn’t close!

White Bouncy Castle From 11th to 28th July, come and jump and create your own choreography within this 45 metre inflatable castle of! White Bouncy Castle is a choreographic installation designed by the dancers and choreographers William Forsythe and Dana Caspersen and forms part of the programming of the Festival Grec of Barcelona. Room-by-room tours…

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Author: Redacció museu

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

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

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 fantastical world of Japan in the Museu Nacional collections

Ricard Bru In the summer of 2018, the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid organised, together with the Fundación Japón, an exhibition dedicated to supernatural Japanese beings known as yōkai. Entitled Yōkai: iconografía de lo fantástico, Yokai: Iconography of the Fantastical, the show exhibited, for the first time in Spain, pieces…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Women in art. From the invented figure to their own bodies

Júlia Lull Sanz The social function of images The art historian Georges Didi-Huberman suggests that images have the ability to “touch on something real”. This statement seeks, on the one hand, to underline the determining social function of images beyond their aesthetic value, and on the other, to stress the evocative and generative power that…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Reinterpreting Romanesque painting

Iker Spozio Italian-born artist Iker Spozio came to the Museu Nacional as someone passionate about ancient art and history, and especially Romanesque painting, for which he feels a special attachment. With the project to reinterpret and translate the Romanesque paintings conserved in the museum into his style, he had a period of residence at the…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger