Tag: painting

A previously unexhibited series by the painter Cajetan Roos (or Gaetano de Rosa)

Joan Yeguas The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya looks after a collection of almost 1,400 works in the Renaissance and Baroque Art collection, most of which are in the storerooms. Like other museums, a percentage of the total is usually loaned out to different entities or public bodies. One of these cases arises in the…

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Author: Joan Yeguas

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

Fortuny’s Carmen Bastián: problems with its reception and interpretation

Fortuny’s Carmen Bastián

Francesc Quílez Only on very few occasions during his career as an artist did Fortuny develop the theme of the female nude. It is a genre towards which his attitude was always preventive and for which he felt no special predilection, except for two highly iconic productions that over time have become two of his…

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Author: Francesc Quílez

Francesc Pausas and Cuba

Membres del Centre Català, La Havana, 1922

Sílvia Lanceta and Juli G. Pausas In this article we continue to discover the figure of the Catalan Modernist painter Francesc Pausas i Coll, discreetly recognised, and who we started to get to know in the article Maria Sampere and Francesc Pausas in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya a few months ago. Last time…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Concerning the Antoni Fabrés exhibition at the Museu Nacional

Eduard Vallès The exhibition dedicated to Antoni Fabrés by the Museu Nacional is in many ways a novelty. The most important of them is the fact that it is the first monographic exhibition dedicated to this artist in Catalonia. The last one was held in one of the countries where Fabrés worked, Mexico, where he…

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Author: Eduard Vallès

Maria Sampere and Francesc Pausas in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Sílvia Lanceta It is surprising, or at least a little bit, that after the fascination caused by this female portrait, the fact is we know almost nothing about the author of this painting, Francesc Pausas i Coll. The woman of the portrait, who appears from within the darkness with a closed smile, disturbing and with…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

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