Category: Restoration

An extraordinary bestiary: San Pedro de Arlanza. «Griffin» and «Pardus and architecture» / 2

In the previous article we placed the fragments of mural painting from the group of San Pedro de Arlanza in context. In this article we shall discuss the recovery of the work in the storerooms, Pardus and architecture, and compare it to the piece in the permanent exhibition, the Griffin. The two beasts: the Griffin…

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Author: Paz Marquès

Restoring the colour of the light: stained glass windows in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya /2

Valeria Mamczynski In recent years several projects have been carried out to conserve and restore the stained glass windows in the Museu Nacional’s collection, which I began to discuss in a previous article. In this second article I shall continue to look at the restoration of these stained glass widows: Treatment for joining broken pieces…

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Author: Valeria Mamczynski

Restoring the colour of the light: stained glass windows in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya /1

Valeria Mamczynski The museum has a group of technically exquisite stained glass windows that includes some of the most characteristic examples of Catalan Modernisme, a movement in which stained glass, like all the other decorative arts, played an important part. In recent years several conservation-restoration projects have been carried out on the stained glass windows…

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Author: Valeria Mamczynski

From the storeroom to the display cabinet: the recovery of the Altarpiece-tabernacle of Saint Nicholas /2

Núria Prat i Pere de Llobet What lies beneath the visible polychromy? The carving is of Saint Nicholas of Bari, dressed in bishop’s robes, with mitre and chasuble. With his right hand he is blessing and in the other hand, now lost, he was most probably holding the crozier. The carving is Gothic, while the…

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Author: Núria Prat

From the storeroom to the display cabinet: the recovery of the Altarpiece-tabernacle of Saint Nicholas /1

Núria Prat and Pere de Llobet The Altarpiece-tabernacle of Saint Nicholas is a work that was kept in the Museu Nacional’s storeroom for years. It entered the Museu d’Art de Catalunya (now the Museu Nacional) in 1934, as a donation by the collector Damià Mateu i Bisa. We know that the work was on display…

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Author: Núria Prat

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