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

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    Art Museum - Museo de Arte

    by spanishguy Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    In my opinion, it's the best museum in town. I was specially interested in the Romanesque section, with ones of the oldest Spanish paintings, coming from the Catalonian Romanesque churches. The Baroque and Gothic section are very interesting also, as well as the 19th and 20th centuries section. This museum worth a stressless visit. You can take an audioguide free of charge if you ask for them. Unfortunatly it's not allowed to take pictures of pieces of arts but I toke some photos of the building itself.

    En mi opinión, este es el mejor museo de la ciudad. Lo que más me interesaba era la sección del románico, con unas de las pinturas españolas más antiguas, procedentes de iglesias románicas catalanas. La sección del barroco y el gótico es muy interesante también, así como la de los siglos XIX y XX. EL museo merece una visita sin estrés. Puedes coger una audioguía sin coste, siempre que la pidas al entrar. Lamentablemente no está peritido tomar fotos de las obras de arte, pero yo tomé algunas del propio edificio.

    Visiting hours / Horario de visita

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays / Martes, miércoles, viernes y sábados: 10:00 - 19:00
    Thursdays / Jueves: 10:00 - 21:00
    Sundays / Domingos: 10:00 - 14:30

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    Museu National d' Art Catalunya

    by stressball Written Feb 23, 2005

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    A trip to this museum is worth the time even if you only stand atop the steps and enjoy the beautiful view of Barcelona

    The MNAC is also easily accessible by metro or the Bus Turistic.

    This museum houses the largest collection of Catalan art in Spain, thus giving you an impressive view of how the Catalan artwork has influenced today's art. The MNAC is also the home of many Roman artifacts and artmwork.

    The MNAC
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    Fantastic museum - dont miss it!

    by angiebabe Updated Feb 24, 2011

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    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!

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    National Musuem of Catalunya Art-MNAC

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 6, 2011

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    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.

    Main front Entry View at the rear of palace Tower on the building Stairwell at the front Panorama view of the palace building
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    Catalonia National Museum of Art

    by bpwillet Written Feb 7, 2004

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    This museum sits upon the hills of Parc Montjuic. There are some spectacular views from the top terraces overlooking the area of Plaza Espana and the rest of Barcelona. The museum itself has some impressive collections of Romanesque and Gothic art, even some 12th century frescoes rescued from mountainous monastaries.

    Overlooking the city-Palau Nacional-Montjuic
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    The Mother of all Museums

    by mikey_e Written Nov 21, 2007

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    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.

    Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya The terraces, done up for Christmas Eve The fountains, lit to the sound of the EU's anthem The fountains and terraces, looking towards MNAC MNAC from the entrace to the Fira
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    MNAC

    by fishandchips Updated Nov 22, 2007

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    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.

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    The world's finest collection of Romanesque art

    by Tripack Updated Sep 4, 2005

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    The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya is one of the most important museums in Catalonia. The MNAC is a must-see and brings together one of the most important museum collections of Romanesque art in the world. The museum also has outstanding collections of Gothic, Renaissance and baroque art. As if that wasn't enough, there is always an extremely interesting temporary exhibition to see. From the Palau Nacional building, which is the museum's headquarters, built for the 1929 International Exhibition, you can enjoy one of the most glorious views of the city, with the trade fair precinct and the Magic Fountain in the foreground, which offers a night-time sound and light show.

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    National Art museum

    by Raimix Updated Feb 6, 2011

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    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.

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    THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CATALONIAN ART

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The museum is one of the most important museums for Romanesque art. You can see more than 100 pieces, including sculptures, icons, and frescoes. The highlight of the museum is the collection of murals from various Romanesque churches. The frescoes and murals are displayed in apses, much as in the churches in which they were found. Each is placed in sequential order, providing the viewer with a tour of Romanesque art from its primitive beginnings to the more advanced, late Romanesque and early Gothic era.

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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!
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    From October to April:
    Tuesday to Saturday -10:00 to 18:00pm
    Sundays and public holidays -10:00 to 15:00
    From May to September:
    Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 20:00;
    Sundays and public holidays – 10:00 to 15:00
    Closed on Mondays, except public holidays.
    Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

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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.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    From October to April:
    Tuesday to Saturday -10:00 to 18:00pm
    Sundays and public holidays -10:00 to 15:00
    From May to September:
    Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 20:00;
    Sundays and public holidays – 10:00 to 15:00
    Closed on Mondays, except public holidays.
    Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

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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.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    From October to April:
    Tuesday to Saturday -10:00 to 18:00pm
    Sundays and public holidays -10:00 to 15:00
    From May to September:
    Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 20:00;
    Sundays and public holidays – 10:00 to 15:00
    Closed on Mondays, except public holidays.
    Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

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    Well worth the trip here

    by jlanza29 Written Nov 10, 2011

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    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.

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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.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    From October to April:
    Tuesday to Saturday -10:00 to 18:00pm
    Sundays and public holidays -10:00 to 15:00
    From May to September:
    Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 20:00;
    Sundays and public holidays – 10:00 to 15:00
    Closed on Mondays, except public holidays.
    Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

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