Category: Restoration

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

The Preventive Conservation Plan in Museums

Juan Antonio Herráez During the week of 7-11 October, all around the museum facilities one could see many conservators without their characteristic white lab coats. The museum hosted the course The Preventive Conservation Plan in Museums, organised by CRAC (Associated Conservators-Restorers of Catalonia), in collaboration with the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya itself and IPCE…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Beneath the colour: the underlying drawings of Bartolomé Bermejo

Mireia Campuzano and Carme Ramells The exhibition Bermejo: the 15th-Century Rebel Genius has for a few months allowed us to enjoy exceptional works by this Flemish influenced artist. In this blog, however, we shall be placing the emphasis on studying the early stages of the creative process and we shall turn our gaze to what…

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Author: Mireia Campuzano

The discovery of Abellaite and the National Art Museum of Catalonia

Jordi Ibáñez The story of a new mineral and an old pigment In the pretty village of Castell-estaó, in the municipal district of Capdella in the Fosca valley (Pallars Jussà), there is a small abandoned uranium mine called Eureka, where you can find good selection of very rare mineral types. Have you ever heard of…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Preventive conservation: where are we?

Ruth Bagan In September the city of Turin was the venue for the international congress of the IIC (International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works), one of the most important institutions in the field of the preservation of the cultural heritage. The congress has been held every two years since 1961, and on…

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Author: Ruth Bagan

We recover a Romanesque Virgin

Àngels Comella i Jordi Camps A crowned Child Jesus about to get down from his mother’s lap is the feature that characterizes a Romanesque image that entered the museum in 1920, after the Museums Board had purchased it from the antiques dealer Josep Valenciano. It is a polychrome hardwood carving, with a very interesting conception…

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Author: Àngels Comella

Eusebi Arnau’s sculpture of Barcelona recovers all its force

Àlex Masalles Among the white marble sculptures in the Dome Hall of the Museu Nacional, there is, to the left of the door to the restaurant, a work in bronze with a dark patina mounted on a base of Montjuïc stone. It is an allegorical representation of the city of Barcelona by the sculptor Eusebi…

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Author: Àlex Masalles

The Museu Nacional is restoring works from the Monastery of Ripoll

Joan Pey Have you ever seen these four carved stone sculptural bases from the middle third of the 12th century? They belong to the Monastery of Ripoll and are on permanent loan in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, exhibited in the Romanesque Art galleries. It has been possible to reunite a lion’s head, which…

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Author: Joan Pey

Gold and Gilding in Medieval Art

Mireia Mestre The properties of gold, the bright yellow colour, the ductility and the fact of it being immutable, have been ideal, not just for minting coinage, but also for its use in the arts of every civilization. It has always been a rare, precious, material, reserved for worship, associated with eternity and divine power,…

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Author: Mireia Mestre