Category: Collection

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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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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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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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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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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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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Author: Joan Yeguas

2018 at the Museu Nacional: a visual summary

We share a visual review of how 2018 has been for the Museu Nacional. It has been a year of intense activity focused on the reopening of the renovated galleries of the Renaissance and Baroque collection and the preparation of the Museum’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2022. We would like to take this opportunity to thank…

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Author: Redacció museu

Santiago Rusiñol in the rooms of the Museu Nacional

Eduard Vallès The museum of the future, and of the present too, must go beyond its own walls and disciplines on a basis of institutional collaboration, a role that the Museu Nacional has internalized for years. The collaboration between the museum and the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (TNC) This year, 2018, has witnessed the first…

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Author: Eduard Vallès

Antoni Casanova Estorach: Irreverent Virtuosity

Aleix Roig Although his name has now been forgotten, Antoni Casanova Estorach was one of the most successful Catalan artists in Paris in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. His technical excellence was admired in Europe and the USA, and he won the acknowledgement of critics and public alike. Although he successfully and solidly…

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