Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - National Art Museum, Barcelona

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    Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 9, 2014

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    The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya or National Museum of Catalan Arts is situated in the Palau Nacional of Montjuic (national Palace of Monjuic). Palace was constructed for the International Exposition of 1929. In 1934 it opened its doors as the Museu d'Art de Catalunya, bringing together different medieval collections from the territories of former Kingdom of Aragon. Subsequently, in 1995 then as the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, the new rooms of Romanesque art were inaugurated and in a successive way the public presentation of the collection was extended, a process that ended in 2004 with the integration of modern art. Museum has coffee-bar and restaurant.
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    The Kingdom of Romanesque Art

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 8, 2014

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    Catalan National Museum of Arts is the real Kingdom of Romanesque art because I don’t know where else at the same place and time you can see so many Romanesque frescos, murals, altarpieces, icons and statues. He you can see that Romanesque art was not always naive and primitive. When you look and the ceiling frescos of the chapter hall of Santa Maria de Sixena church then you must agree Romanesque art had its own great masters and very developed and advanced styles. These frescoes were created between 1196 and 1208.
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    Egyptian Textile of V-VII c.c. A.D.

    by Oleg_D. Updated Jun 8, 2014

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    One of the most unique artifacts in displayed permanent exhibition of Catalan National Museum of Arts are the pieces of textile woven in Christian Egypt between V and VII centuries AD. Just look at their colors. They are real masterpieces!
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    Romanesque paintings

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 8, 2014

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    Romanesque art in the permanent exhibition of Catalan National Museum of Arts represented by many icons and altarpieces made in XI-XIII centuries. This altarpiece dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours from the church Sant Marti de Gia o Xia in Old Ribagorca in Osca is excellent example of Catalan Romanesque Art.
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    Tuesday to Saturday -10:00 to 18:00pm
    Sundays and public holidays -10:00 to 15:00
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    Santa Maria de Taull Frescos

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 8, 2014

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    The real pearls of Romanesque exhibition of Catalan National Museum of Arts are the frescoes received from the church of Santa Maria de Taull painted about 1123. Those frescos show you many biblical scenes and stories. The most interesting for me fresco is that one where David cuts a head of Goliath because it demonstrate us excellent early XII century chainmail hauberk with the slit to put the sword scabbard through.
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    Sundays and public holidays -10:00 to 15:00
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    Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 20:00;
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    Romanesque sculptures

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 8, 2014

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    Romanesque exhibition of Catalan National Museum of Arts boasts by many excellent examples of the column capitals made in typical Romanesque stile in XI-XII centuries. All those capital are the real artifacts from the monasteries of Sant Miguel del Castell de Camarasa and Santa Maria de Ripoll. These real capitals were replaced by the copies in the monasteries.
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    Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

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    Early Gothic Frescos

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 8, 2014

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    The most fabulous and informative fresco in the collection of Catalan National Museum of Arts is the mural “Conquest of Majorca” painted between 1285 and 1290. This fresco shows one of many dramatic stages of so-called Reconquista when on March 5, 1229 Christian fleet left from Salou, Cambrils and Tarragona and headed for Majorca with more than 150 ships, most of which were Catalan. Different sources mention around 800 knights and thousands of soldiers.
    Jaume I the King of Aragon and his troops disembarked in Santa Ponça and defeated the Moors in the battle of Portopi on September13, 1229. Here you can get a lot of information on Aragonese and Moorish Arms, armor and fashion of XIII century. You can even see King Jaume with his knights one of whom is the bishop.
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    Early Gothic Paintings

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 8, 2014

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    Early Gothic paintings in the collection of Catalan National Museum of Arts represented by many religiously motivated paintings. Among them you can see several painting of the unknown Catalan painter who is known under nickname Master of Vallbona de les Monges. According to some unconfirmed sources Guillem Seguer could be that unknown painter. Here you can see his altarpiece of Corpus Christi or Body of Christ. This altarpiece excellently reflects medieval beliefs and superstitions of ignorant and superstitious people. I will no write about the official Christian theological doctrine I just remind that the Host is traditionally considered as the Body of Christ. That’s why here you can see the story how the Host became so important thing. Unfortunately, all medieval history is full of stories when ignorant commoners or burghers accused the people of other religions in violation of the Host cutting it with knives and boiling in hot water. Usually poor Jews were the favorite target for such accusations. Unfortunately the end of such stories was usually very sad and horrible – innocent people were burnt at stake as you can see here under the supervision of Black Friars (Dominican Monks).
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    Tuesday to Saturday -10:00 to 18:00pm
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    High Gothic Altarpieces

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 7, 2014

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    To my mind Catalan National Museum of Arts has one of the biggest and prettiest collections of altarpieces painted in XV century in the High Gothic Style. Every such altarpiece has a lot of panels with its particular story. This is something like medieval commixes telling you stories about our Lord, Virgin Mary and Joseph, Saints martyrs and confessors. And each panel brings to researchers a lot of precious information about the life when it was painted.
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    Statues

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 7, 2014

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    Museum has in its main exhibition a lot of gothic statues of Virgin Mary, Saints and Angels. All those statues provide public the notion about the development of Aragonese and Catalan medieval Arts and a lot of information of fashion and style.

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    Sepulchers

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 6, 2014

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    Museum also suggests for your attention excellent collection of medieval sepulchers with the effigies. These sepulchers were mostly made in second part of XIII and first half of XIV centuries and derive from the territory of the Kingdom of Aragon. All researchers and just people who are interested in medieval history will find there a lot of information on those old times.
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    Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

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    Icons with Military Saints

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 6, 2014

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    Museum displays in its permanent exhibition plenty of the icons with military saints such as Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint George, Saint Martin, Saint Gereon, Saint Maurice, Saint Fabian, Saint Florian and many others. These icons were painted in XV century by the best Aragonese and Catalan painters such as Juan de la Abadia worked in Osca between 1469 and 1498, unknown painter known as the Master of saint George and Princess who worked in third quarter of XV century, Blasco de Granen who painted in Saragossa between 1422-1459, Joan Mates born in 1370 in Villafranca del Penedes and died in Barcelona in 1431 and of course Bernat Martorell was born about 1400 in Sant Celoni and died in Barcelona in 1452. Since we don’t have full suits of armors and full knightly equipment made before 1450 in modern museums, these icons become invaluable source of information on late medieval knights and warfare.
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    Jaume Serra’s Paintings

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 5, 2014

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    The masterpieces of Catalan Art of the end of XIV century represented by the Jaume Serra’s altarpiece dedicated to the Martyrdom of Saint Stephen who is fact was the first martyr of Christianity stoned to death. Jaume Serra was working in Barcelona in 1358-1395. He created this wonderful altarpiece in 1385. Here you can see the full story of Saint Stephen and again we can find the images of Aragonese men at arm of that period.
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    Sant Jordi or Saint George

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 3, 2014

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    Among big collection of statues Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya has the figure of Saint George killing the dragon made by the unknown Catalan master between 1425 and 1450. Museum received this statue from the chapel of Palade de Generalitat, Barcelona. Since no any single full suit of armor made before 1450 survived till nowadays this figure, which is in fact the very accurate model of really existed armors, become exceptionally valuable source on West European and especially Aragonese arms and armor of first half of XV century.
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    Tuesday to Saturday -10:00 to 18:00pm
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    The Bernat Martorell’s paintings

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 3, 2014

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    Bernat Martorell is one of the greatest masters of Catalan Gothic Art of first half of XV century. He was born about 1400 in Sant Celoni and died in Barcelona in 1452. Here in permanent exhibition you are going to see his altarpiece of San Vicente (Saint Vincent) painted between 1438 and 1440. Central panels of altarpiece show the life and martyrdom of Saint Vincent and five lower panels show the scenes of the Christ’s Passions. There are many figures of heavily armored Catalan infantrymen of first half of XV century. That circumstance makes this altarpiece the valuable source of information on arms and armor of medieval Aragonese and Catalan infantry.
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