Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Nacional Museu d'Art de Catalunya

While in Barcelona a few months ago, I visited the Nacional Museu d'Art de Catalunya which was near the Barcelona Pavilion and was built for the same world's fair as the head building. It has some of the best views over all of Barcelona and also a fantastic restaurant on the mezzanine level overlooking the city surrounded by a BEAUTIFUL fresco'd ceiling (which is why I went to see it). The rest of the museum is amazing though -housing works of art by masters of art from the medieval period to current times including a large portion of the Thyssen Bornemisza collection. Included are some of MY highlights from the museum :-) If you get to Barcelona it's a must-see!

the back of this ancient church door was so modern looking, I loved it (even had my picture taken beside it!) while the front was more what would be expected -but the colors still so VIVIDthis was the coolest little model of a room! We had a lot of fun looking into this!these 2 portraits were so spanish and SO beautiful! I love the colors

4 comments:

Darren said...

The oil Paintings reminds me of Art Deco or Impressionist paintings I have seen at my late grandparents house or museums. I always love them! I think Impressionist ones are classic preceeding the realism ones. With realism paintings, they can foretell which era. With Impressionists, its hard to tell except on the frames or canvas. I usually step back to see the colors to unity or solify. I love to check out the direction of paint brushes. My mom had worked at an museum and its curator became a family friend.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

That little model room showing murals by José María Sert is breathtaking. His murals for everyone from Mona Bismarck to the Joshua Cosdens in Palm Beach to Philip Sassoon were some of the most extraordinary special-effects of the 1920s and 1930s. Someone really should publish a book about his work.

Be the change..... said...

You should do it, AAL! I had even forgotten who had made it - thank you for filling me in (again!).

Debra Healy said...

The room model is Fantastic! Thank you for sharing this. I too wish there was a book with his complete works This museum looks like a must see. I should have taken my tripod to photograph the ball room they keep in very dark.