Category: Restoration

The Violinist by Pablo Gargallo: a question of incompatibility

Àlex Masalles examinant l’escultura

Pablo Gargallo’s sculpture The Violinist is suffering serious deterioration due to the incompatibility of the materials with which it is made: a wood armature covered with lead. For this reason, the Friends of the Museu Nacional have started a crowdfunding campaign Lets Save theViolinist. Conservator Àlex Masalles explains the details of the sculpture, the study…

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Author: Àlex Masalles

The restoration of three previously unpublished plaster sculptures by Ismael Smith

Àlex Masalles The Museu Nacional has a large collection of drawings, prints, paintings, medals and sculptures by Ismael Smith, a Catalan artist of the first half of the 20th century. In September 2014 the museum’s new display of Modern Art entailed the restoration of some hitherto unpublished works by the sculptor. They are three plaster…

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Author: Àlex Masalles

A group of Apostles out of place. Mural paintings from Sant Pere del Burgal /2

Paz Marquès The fragment of mural painting from Sant Pere del Burgal is currently in the process of being restored. We have been working on this piece for years, studying its place with respect to the apse, the nature of the pigments, the surface materials … always with the idea of being able to insert…

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Author: Paz Marquès

A group of Apostles out of place. Mural Paintings from Sant Pere del Burgal / 1

Paz Marquès Here at the Museu Nacional, in the restoration and preventive conservation workshop we have a spectacular, fairly large fragment of mural painting, measuring 2.4 x 3.03 metres, that until a few years ago was in the museum’s reserves. Place of origin This fragment, like the paintings that we have exhibited in the museum,…

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Author: Paz Marquès

How we restored the Romanesque woodcarving of Saint John the Evangelist

Mireia Mestre Few would guess from which institution comes the Romanesque woodcarving of Saint John the Evangelist that is currently exhibited as a guest work at the Museum Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. An important art collector, the provost from Vilafranca Manuel Trens, a priest who was also director of the Museum Diocesà de Barcelona, donated…

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Author: Mireia Mestre

The chronicle of a large-size painting restoration

Hercules Searching for the Hesperides by Aleix Clapés looks splendid once again in the Palau Güell It has been over a century since Aleix Clapés took charge of the pictorial decoration of the Palau Güell, designed by Antoni Gaudí, to paint three versions, of different sizes, but practically identical, of Hercules Searching for the Hesperides, one of…

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Author: Redacció museu

The magnificence of the “fashion” and the brightness of the colours of Gothic II

The use of incisions by the artist As we saw in the previous post, once the panel had been prepared with the different layers of plaster, the artist made the preparatory sketch. He began with sticks of charcoal and, when it was done, he half erased it with a feather; he then went over the entire drawing…

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Author: Núria Prat

The mural painting transfer kitchen

Cheese, milk, gelatin and flour could be some of the ingredients placed on the desks in Franco Steffanoni’s restoration workshop. We are not talking about a cook here, but a restorer who works with works of art –to be precise, with material patrimonial assets (for nobody can deny that culinary dishes are works of art…

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Author: Núria Oriols

How the citizens of the period saw the Frontal of Sant Pere de Boí?

Anna Carreras i Àngels Comella It is difficult to imagine, nowadays what a classical or medieval work of art looked like when it had just been finished. You only need to think about the controversy caused by the cleaning of the paintings of the Sistine Chapel, which allowed us to see the colours themselves of…

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Author: Àngels Comella

The virtual apse of Sant Climent de Taüll: a shared project

The church of Sant Climent de Taüll, situated in the valley of Boí (Alta Ribagorça) and declared a world heritage site of Humanity by UNESCO in the year 2000, has offered since 2013 an innovative presentation of its Romanesque paintings, by means of a virtual mapping video that recreates, within the greater apse and the…

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Author: Paz Marquès