Category: Research

Some of the archives of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, in the “Pneumothorax”

Reme Barbero PNEUMOTHORAX A perforation in the lung-archive of the Museu Nacional is a proposal of reflection of the artist and educator Ferreiro. It was born from his incursion in two of the art archives of the museum: the one of the Museu d’Art de Catalunya (MAC) and of the Museu d’Art Modern (MAM). These…

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Author: Reme Barbero

We unearth the figure of a sentry in the painting “White Desert” by Antoni Fabrés

Mireia Campuzano, Núria Pedragosa and Carme Ramells For the exhibition dedicated to the artist Antoni Fabrés the painting White Desert has been studied with the infrared reflectography technique. This work was part of a conservation-restoration campaign carried out for this purpose. Studying the painting White Desert, by Antoni Fabrés The painting, done in about 1901…

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Author: Mireia Campuzano

16th National Numismatics Congress. A look back and an appraisal

Albert Estrada-Rius Just before the start of the 16th National Numismatics Congress, Coin Hoards and Finds: protection, study and musealization, I published an article in which I explained what goes into the preparations for a congress and I ended with a confident “At last, everything is ready! And rather like in showbusiness, when the day…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

Saint Michel de Cuxa: from stones to words

Jordi Camps Saint Michel de Cuxa: an exceptional Romanesque site One of the most spectacular and enigmatic Catalan Romanesque monuments is without doubt the Benedictine monastery of Saint Michel de Cuxa, on the north side of the Pyrenees, in the shadow of the Canigó mountain evoked admirably by Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer. The architectural site remains…

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Author: Jordi Camps

Reconstructing doors from the past. Entering into the lapidary collection of the Museu Nacional

In the museum we continually receive postgraduate and masters’ degree students, doing internships.  Today, we have invited David Fernández to explain his research experience, almost like a detective, which has allowed the puzzle of fragments, corresponding to four doors from different places around the city, to be reconstructed. David Fernández When Jordi Casanovas proposed this…

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Author: Z_Estudiants en pràctiques de Postgraus i Màsters

The scattered patrimony of the Jewish cemetery of Montjuïc

Jordi Casanovas Surprisingly, once the Jewish cemetery had disappeared as a legal entity, and after intensive reuse of its gravestones as building material, the presence of large blocks with Hebrew inscriptions on them in one part of the mountain of Montjuïc still caught the attention of many people who were walking around it. Hence the…

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Author: Jordi Casanovas

An Almoravid thurible in Romanesque art

This week’s blog includes a version of the text published in the blog of the Museum of the Alhambra, which links Romanesque works in different museums, including ours, to an Almoravid thurible in the Alhambra’s collection. Museum of the Alhambra One of the most outstanding bronzes to be found exhibited in the Museum of the…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Three Romanesque capitals from Sant Miquel de Fluvià identified in the Museu Nacional

Jordi Camps The cloister is one of the basic and at the same time most visually attractive parts of monasteries and cathedrals. From the Romanesque period onwards it became a monumental, articulated area, endowed with an iconographic programme sculpted on the arcades of all four sides. Due to the gradual disappearance of some of the…

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Author: Jordi Camps

What we discover about Ramon Casas with infrared reflectography

Mireia Campuzano, Núria Pedragosa and Carme Ramells For the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ramon Casas, celebrated last year, here is what the studies carried out with infrared reflectography reveal to us about different paintings by the artist conserved in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Reflectography shows that Casas sometimes approached the composition…

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Author: Mireia Campuzano

Computer vision as applied to works of art: a new perspective

Pilar Rosado We have invited Dr Pilar Rosado to talk about the most outstanding aspects of her research on computer vision as applied to art, the subject of her PhD thesis. This is a post of a specialization that is maybe unusual in blogs, but clearly explained with very explanatory images, which we think is…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger