Category: Research

The presence of cherries in the Gothic altarpieces in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. A brief history of medieval fruit

Mestre de la Porciúncula, Mare de Déu de la Porciúncula (detall), c. 1450, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Pablo José Alcover Cateura and Antoni Riera Melis Introduction Cherries are depicted in two Gothic altarpieces in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. This entry in the museum’s blog will explain why they are there. First, a few notes about the word ‘cherry’. The English word, the Catalan cirera and the Castilian cereza all come…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Instances of equivalence between Romanesque painting and sculpture: examples from the Boí Valley

Davallament d'Erill la Vall. Conjunt complert amb les peces del MEV i el Mueseu Nacional, 2005

Jordi Camps If one had to choose the most impressive Romanesque works of sculpture from the Pyrenees, there can be no doubt that the list would have to include the Descent from the Cross from Erill la Vall and, especially, the Christ of Mijaran, unquestionably the sculptural equivalent of the apse of Sant Climent in…

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Author: Jordi Camps

Transforming the Gaze to Transform Museographical Discourses: Women Artists in the Museum

Mari Chordà. Autoretrat embarassada (1942). Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.

Ingrid Vidal These days more and more museums are re-examining their discourses and rescuing works by women artists from the basements. To mark International Women’s Day we propose to take a look at some of the ideas that were crucial to, on the one hand, the birth of museums and, on the other, to the…

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Author: Ingrid Vidal

The periodic table through the rooms of the museum II

Estratigrafia d'una obra de Carracci

Núria Oriols We continue our visit to the museum’s rooms that we began in last week’s article. Renaissance and Baroque art rooms Preparations with clays As we move into a new room, we observe another change in the type of format. In the different sections of this period the majority of paintings are on canvas….

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Author: Núria Oriols

The periodic table through the rooms of the museum I

Detall d’Homenatge als elements d’Eugènia Balcells. A partir de la seva videoinstal·lació Freqüències

Núria Oriols The year 2019 was declared International Year of the Periodic Table by UNESCO. It commemorated the 150th anniversary of a system to organize and classify the 63 chemical elements that were then known, designed by the Russian chemist Dmitri I. Mendeleev. He based it on atomic mass, and left gaps in which to…

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Author: Núria Oriols

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