This is located close to Pl Espanya and in the beginning of the Montjuic hill. The art works are form the Catalan area, per an agreement with the Government to have some culture for the sector. It is located in Palau National, which was built for the Great Universal Exhibition in 1929. The museum began around 1930's but came into being in 1990.
The art works are a lot from the Medieval period, with Roman, Renaissance and Baroque pieces. They also have photos, sketches, and drawings, coin collection, and a variety of decorative pieces besides.
The museum is open 10-7PM daily and only closed for Christmas and New Year. Fee to enter is 8,50 Euro. There is a series of stairs to climb from the Magic Fountains below; maybe 60-80 steps.
On a hill overlooking Placa d' Espana, and with views of Temple de Familia Sagrada in the distance, the Museu has a wonderful collection o fRomaneque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern art. Llimona, Gaudi, Dali, Picasso, Casas, Velazquez, Rivera and Zubaran to name a few. The museum itself is spacious with comfortable seating. Closed on Monday and early Sunday, unless it is a holiday.
This museum is situated on Montjuic hill overlooking all of Barcelona. Come early come late this place is always packed. Having one of the best if not the best collection of Catalunian art in the world. The museum is easy to navigate with great rooms showing priceless amount of art. Spent about 3 hours here and saw everything in a non rushed way .... A must do while in Barcelona. Also the view from the entrance of the museum is beautiful but be warned it's a steep walk from the metro Espanya stop but there is sections of electric stairs .... We took bus number #50 from the Espanya metro stop which left us about a block away. Entrance fee was 8 euro's.
Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to visit this museum dedicated to classic and modern Catalan art. But even if you are not that much interested in art, you could do the same as I did: Enjoy the building and the terraces.
The building itself is called the Palau de Montjuic and really has the majestic appearance of a palace. It was designed by Eugenio Cendoya and Endric Catà and built between 1926 and 1929. The style is classicist and was inspired by the Spanish Renaissance, the style in use in Spain's most prosperous centuries.
Since 1934 the Palau Nacional has housed the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catanlunya which is the most important Romanesque art collection in the world. It includes murals peeled off the walls of tiny churches in the Pyrenees in the province of Lleida and brought down by donkey. Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque art can also be found here.
From the Plaça d'Espanya, the view up to the Palau Nacional is breathtaking. I suggest taking the walk up (escalators make it easier).
The Palau Nacional is home to a series of fountains that are located on the steps leading down towards the Plaça d'Espanya. When these fountains are turned on and the light glows through them it's quite a site. See my tip on the fountains of Palau Nacional and my travelogue with more pictures of the Weekly water show.
This is situated above the Plaça d'ESPANYA, MONTJUIC.
This stately palace, reminder of the World Exhibition of 1929 houses the unique collection ROMANESQUE ART of CATALUNYA.
These exceptional works of art come from the Pyrenees churches from remote areas such as VALL DE BOI.
In the Museum you find: frescos, painted wood panels, altar clothes and wood statues....
Very worthy of your visit! I can recommend it to you all!
Oh, how I love this museum: quiet, not too many visitors, creaking parquet floors and wonderful arrangement of colours for the splendid works of art.
A real joy to roam the rooms.....which I did....
The collection holds 19th and 20th Century Art and is the most important collection of Catalan art dating from the first half of the 19th century up to the end of the 1930s.
Durings the course of this period, so productive as it was in the development of modern Catalan art, a series of artistic movements emerged one after another which were to cast their roots firmly and uniquely in this country: Neoclassicisn, Realism. Modernisme, Noucentisme, the 1917 generation and the AVANT-GARDE.
The collections of this museum bear witness to these creative circles and show, chronologically, the works of their leading artrists.
Do you like this painting as I do??
RAMON CASAS painted it in 1897.
He lived in Barcelona 1866 - 1932 and gave this painting the title: RAMON CASAS I Pere Romeu en un tandem.
I wanted to share my enthousiasm with you....
I only went to see this on my second visit to Barcelona - one of the advantages of all my previous travel I think was opening my appreciation and understanding to these things to see in the world and in Europe - appreciating even what Romanesque and Gothic means! - so rereading the sights to see in Barcelona, especially in the Rough Guide which seems to have so much information on what there is to see in not only an area but also what to see in the major centres - that I was itching to get to this museum!
And it was truly a pleasure!
The Rough Guide writes of this museum as being 'one of Spain's great museums', the 'best art museum in Barcelona with a splendid collection of medieval paintings', and the 'Romanesque collection is superb, without a doubt the best of its kind in the world'.
AND TO ME AN ABSOLUTE GLORY OF THIS MUSEUM IS THAT PHOTO TAKING IS ALLOWED!! NO FLASH - ANY PHOTOS OF ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING BUT NO FLASH! THIS S A WONDERFUL THING WHEN YOU LOVE ART AND WANT TO TAKE THE MEMORIES WITH YOU!! See my travelogues for some examples of photos I took opportunity to get!
The museum spans Catalan art from the Middle Ages up to the 1940s and makes this museum one of the largest in Europe. Three main sections of amazing art: Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque and Renaissance.
The Romanesque section is the highlight and a privilege to see. Another joy is the fact that photography is freely allowed here - but please absolutely no use of flash of course! From the 11th century the Catalan villagers of the highPyrenees builty sturdy stone churches which were then lavishly painted in vibrantly coloured frescoes depicting Christ in majesty, angels and Apostles, martyrs and mythical animals. To save them from robbery and degradation, these were painstakingly removed early in the 20th century and remounted in mock church interiors within the museum. The collection is laid out chronologically with stone sculptures from the 6th to the 10th century, but the bulk dates from the 13th century.
The Gothic collection is also extensive, ranging over the whole of Spain from the 13th to the 15th centuries. The evolution of Romanesque to the Gothic period was marked by a move from mural painting to painting on wood, and by the depiction of lives and deaths(and rather gruesome depictions) of the saints and later portraits of kings and patrons of the arts.
The Baroque and Renaissance works are represented in a collection bequeathed to the city of Barcelona. Many of the major European artists from the 15th to 18th centuries are represented: Rubens, Goya, Zubaran, Quentin Massys and Lucas Cranach.
Open everyday except Monday. This museum is open from 10am to 7pm most days, 9pm Thursdays, 2.30 pm Sundays - without shutting for the typical Spanish lunchbreak!
The palace for National Art museum was built in 1929 for an International Exhibition. Nowadays it is quite famous landmark of Barcelona with singing fountains in front of museum’s entrance.
The palace seems to be a neo-renaissance style, but some details look quite oriental. Place is on Montjuic hill, so here is possible to see nice panorama for Barcelona, especially Spain’s square surroundings.
Museum houses lot of famous works – El Greko, Velazquez, so on. It is told that museum has the richest collection in Europe of Romanesque frescos.
When rain pours, museums provide an excellent cover. This museum houses an extensive collection of mostly Catalan art from the Roman to the Modern times. Some highlights are the 11-13 century church wall paintings that have been moved to the museum, and Gaudi furniture and other applied art objects. The museum is large and the tickets allow you to come back a second time on a different day. The building housing the museum was built in the early twentieth century for a World Fair. It's grandiose, and even has an arena inside.
The glorious hilltop Palau Nacional was built in the early 20th century for the International Exhibition. It is located in Montjuïc and is now home to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. The museum contains an incredible collection of Catalan art, including a mesmerising set of mediaeval and Romanesque frescos from various churches around the region. Other works of art include paintings by El Greco and Velázquez. For pictures of the art on display, check out my travelogue "Museu Nacional de Art de Catalunya"
The museum is situated in the Palau Nacional & contains a Romanesque art section, Gothic collection & exhibits by Rembrandt.
Even if you don't go inside there are great city views from the entrance area. The building is even more spectacular at night when it is lit up along with the water cascades & fountains situated below it.
MNAC was build for the World exposition in 1929 and is famous for his Romanesque collection and is the major depository of Catalan art. Most of the sculptures and frescoes were taken from dilapidated churches in the Pyrénées, restored, and mounted as they would have appeared in their own churches.
It also has a huge Gothic collection. Headliners include Rubens, El Greco, Velasquez, Zurbaran and Goya plus a self-portrait of Ramón Casas and fellow painter Pere Romeu riding a tandem in the 'modernista' area.
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya is, without hyperbole, a MASSIVE temple of art and culture. I have been to this museum three times and have not seen the entire collection. The works of art in the MNAC span from Roman and Mediaeval pieces (especially in the Maria Thyssen collection) all the way up to modern works of art. It also houses special exhibits in a sort of basement room, with sometimes impressive displays of works by Catalan artists or by world-renown figures like Pablo Picasso and Tolouse-Lautrec.
The expansive collection of this museum has led to its policy of selling two-day tickets both for regular admission and special exhibits. One doesn't give you admission to the other, but you can by a ticket for both special and regular shows. Make sure to start off by studying the map. The works are arranged in roughly chronological order (obviously not exactly chronological, but in such a way that you can progress through the various periods of style and technique) and make sure you can well enough before closing time that you can split up the rooms between the two days of ticket validity without being rushed.