Tag: painting

Antoni Casanova Estorach: Irreverent Virtuosity

Aleix Roig Although his name has now been forgotten, Antoni Casanova Estorach was one of the most successful Catalan artists in Paris in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. His technical excellence was admired in Europe and the USA, and he won the acknowledgement of critics and public alike. Although he successfully and solidly…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Marià Fortuny: painting as the representation of a worldview

Francesc Quílez This last year, those of us who love the work of the painter Marià Fortuny have been very fortunate. Two temporary exhibitions have given us the chance to contemplate the talent of one of the finest nineteenth-century European painters. Since November 2016, the show A Time for Daydreaming. Andalusia in Fortuny’s Imagery has…

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Author: Francesc Quílez

Ramon Pichot. Some curiosities about the artist

Isabel Fabregat Our exhibition Ramon Pichot, an important painter for Catalan art at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, has been opened. For the first time, his artistic trajectory is presented to the public. Furthermore, a first monograph has also been published. Wich Pichot? The Pichots are a…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

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

Torné Esquius, an artist conformed to none of the official canons

Eduard Vallès and Elena Llorens A monographic exhibition on Pere Torné Esquius posed a challenge. Although exhibitions had been mounted previously, neither his life nor his work as a whole had ever been studied in great detail. Torné Esquius is by no means an unknown in Catalan art. It could be said that he is…

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Author: Eduard Vallès

Street Art enters the Intitute and the Museum

Sandra Figueras Now that the eighth edition of the programme Creators in Residence in the institutes of Barcelona has just started and we are beginning our fourth year as mediators, we would like to share here the experience of the last course with the street artist BTOY. Walls of the street, the institute and the…

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Author: Sandra Figueras

Lluïsa Vidal, a woman artist in a world of men

 Montse Gumà In 1905 a series of 25 postcards were published of the most important artists of the time, according to its author Francesc Serra Dimas, who portrayed them in a personal and intimate environment.  Among the characters portrayed it is worth highlighting Lluïsa Vidal. In 1915, a second series of 35 new images came…

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Author: Montse Gumà

About the exhibition “The Divine Morales”

Joan Yeguas The exhibition of the painter Luis de Morales’ work is making its third and last stop on its tour at our museum. Organized in collaboration with the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao, where it has already been seen, it will remain open in Barcelona until 25th…

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Author: Joan Yeguas

“Adversus iudaeos” in paintings in the Gothic art collection

Cèsar Favà The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya’s Gothic Art collection has a varied group of works that enables us to see the different views that Christianity spread of the Jews in the early Middle Ages. Here we shall discuss some images in which the figure of the Jew is portrayed in an openly negative…

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Author: Cèsar Favà

The inside story of the exhibition of Still-lifes from the Spanish Golden Age

Joan Yeguas Mounting an exhibition is a complex thing, because it involves different people working towards a common goal. In this one, Undamaged. Still Lifes from the Spanish Golden Age, I have acted as the chief curator, one more of the team working together. I do not wish to talk about a curator’s duties, because…

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Author: Joan Yeguas