Tag: baroque

A bearded woman crucified: the Saint Wilgefortis of Andreu Sala

Santa Lliberada MNAC

Joan Yeguas          One of the sculptures of the Museu Nacional which catches the attention of the public is an image nailed to the cross wearing a tunic and with a beard. Despite this description, this is not a Christ in Majesty crucified. The work was restored by the Area of Restoration and Preventive Conservation, and…

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Author: Joan Yeguas

August L. Mayer and the Baroque painting in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Museografia del Museu d'Art Modern al Palau Nacional, 1934. Vista parcial de la Col·lecció Gil. AFB.

Joan Yeguas August Liebmann Mayer (Griesheim, 1885 – Auschwitz, 1944) was one of the great experts on Spanish painting of his day; his opinion was heeded in academic circles, the world of museums and the field of art dealing. He graduated in Berlin in 1907 under the wing of Heinrich Wölfflin and with the support…

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Author: Joan Yeguas

The history, legend and representations of Saint Eulàlia in the collections of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Santa Eulàlia capçalera

Milena Pi Historical and legendary events are interwoven in the figure of Saint Eulàlia, whose saint’s day we are celebrating this week. We thought this would be a good opportunity to take a closer look at the historical sources, the origins of her cult, and the symbolism that this relic has for Barcelona and the…

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Author: Milena Pi

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 Ayala family: a metaphor for social ostentation

Joan Yeguas As part of the visit to the Renaissance and Baroque Art collection there is an area called “Portraiture: Painted Biographies”, with a small section devoted to “The image of the donor”, a good place to observe how the assertion of individuality is captured in portraits and how in certain cases a person’s social…

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Author: Joan Yeguas

Rethinking the Collection: new attributions in the Renaissance and Baroque

Joan Yeguas The reorganization of the Renaissance and Baroque art collection, which reopened in January 2018, made it possible to recover many works of art that had been kept in the storerooms for years. Many had previously been exhibited in the permanent rooms, whether temporarily during earlier reorganizations (like the one in 2004) or as…

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Author: Joan Yeguas

2018 at the Museu Nacional: a visual summary

We share a visual review of how 2018 has been for the Museu Nacional. It has been a year of intense activity focused on the reopening of the renovated galleries of the Renaissance and Baroque collection and the preparation of the Museum’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2022. We would like to take this opportunity to thank…

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Author: Redacció museu

Damià Forment and the Dormition of the Virgin

Damià Forment

Joan Yeguas With the passage of time and the varied museography that the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya has enjoyed, the sculpture group of the Dormition of the Virgin attributed to Damià Forment has become one of the icons of the museum’s Renaissance and Baroque collection. The theme of the Dormition represents the transit of…

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Author: Joan Yeguas

Holy Week scenes in the Renaissance and Baroque collection

In Holy Week we invite you to come and visit the scenes of the Passion and the death of Christ in works in the museum’s Renaissance and Baroque collection, some of which can be seen in the new display. From Jesus’ Entry into Jerusalem to the Flagellation of Christ According to the gospels, Jesus, followed…

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Author: Redacció museu

Four stories from the Renaissance and the Baroque

Renaixement i Barroc

Peter Paulus Rubens, Lady Alethea Talbot, Countess of Arundel The sitter was the wife of Thomas Howard, the 2nd earl of Arundel, an important figure at the English court, a noted patron of the arts and literature and the owner of one of the finest collections of painting, sculpture and singular books in Europe. The…

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Author: Redacció museu