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(English) Places to Discover in Barcelona: the Cataluña National Museum of Art

By | 23 November, 2018 | 0 comments

On your next visit to Barcelona, you’ll be able to discover a whole host of secret corners that are sure to make you fall in love with the city. You won’t just find areas and places that catch your eye, but also monuments, palaces, parks and, as we’re going to show you in this blog post, the wonderful Cataluña National Museum of Art.

Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña

Cataluña National Museum of Art, one of the best museums in all of Barcelona

The National Museum of Art, or MNAC, boasts the world’s most comprehensive collection of Romanesque art. Although firmly specialised in artworks, the museum also offers visitors a journey through a wide range of historical periods, ranging from Romanesque to the 20th century.

Cataluña’s National Museum of Art can be found in Montjüic Park, housed in the impressive National Palace building, which was constructed in 1929 for the World Exhibition, with the goal of setting an architectural benchmark throughout the whole of Europe. This classical-style palace inspired by the Renaissance period has a total surface area of 32,000m2 to house its vast collections.

Take a tour through the history of art at the Cataluña National Museum of Art

Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern Art in its purest forms are all on display here via the history of Cataluña. Furthermore, you can enjoy prints, drawings, posters, photography and a complete exhibition on Catalan numismatic treasures.

As mentioned above, the Romanesque collection is sure to capture your attention, thanks to the extensive range of mural paintings and Romanesque apses recreated in the museum, but all the other collections are well worthy of your time, too.

The Gothic collection illustrates the Catalan expansion tremendously well through its paintings, sculptures and gold works, while the museum’s Renaissance and Baroque works represent an international culture through renowned artists such as Titian, Tintoretto, El Greco and Rubens.

To finish with a recap of the exhibition, MNAC brings together the biggest collection of Catalan modernism, providing a comprehensive vision of art through Catalan history.

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