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    Catalan Art Museum

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    Facade of the Catalan art museum

    The Catalan Art Museum overlooks Plaza Calunya from Montjuic. Located in the former Palau Nacional, it houses a superb collection of medieval art.

    Most of the paintings and frescoes found there were recovered from surrounding churches.

    The museum also has a fine collection of sculptures and woodcuts.

    Seven stages retrace a thousand years of Catalan art, from Roman times to the present day: Romanesque art, Gothic art, Renaissance and Baroque, XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, drawings and engravings, numismatics and photography.

    Interior of the museum

    In the modern art section, I appreciated the works of the "noucentisme" movement.

    At the beginning of the XNUMXth century, Sunyer and Torres-García decided to return to the Mediterranean roots of Catalonia through their art.

    Sunyer's Portrait of Maria Llimona is an example.

    Each visitor will discover the history of Catalan art in this superb building at their own pace.

    The presentation of the works is remarkable for its quality and clarity and I think it is the most beautiful art museum in Barcelona. 

    Museum cupola

    The wall frescoes from the Romanesque period particularly appealed to me. Their richness and state of preservation make them a unique collection.

    The Gothic art presented in the museum is essentially Catalan and offers the visitor key works of the decorative profusion of this period.

    I discovered with interest the different Catalan interpretations of Gothic stylistic currents.

    National Art Museum of Catalonia, Practical information

    Palau National
    Montjuic Park
    Tel. Service d´informations: (00 34) 93 622 03 76

    Museum hours

    Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 19 p.m.
    Sunday and public holidays: open from 10 a.m. to 14.30 p.m.
    Monday: closed, except public holidays

    Annual closure :
    January 1, May 1 and December 25


    General admission: €8,50, valid for the permanent collection, the exhibitions and the audio guide in seven languages.
    Free visit every first Thursday of the month, September 11 and 14 and May 18, International Museum Day.

    Metro L1 and L3 (Pl. Spain)
    Buses 50 (Av. Del Estadio/Picornell Pools)
    13 (Av. Marqués de Comillas/Pueblo Español)
    55 (MNAC Museum/Ethnological Museum)
    37, 57 and 157 (Pl. España-Av. Parallel)
    91, L71, L75, L80 and L95 (Gran Vía-Pl. España)
    9 and 56 (Gran Vía-Pl. España)
    27, 30 and 109 (Plaza España-Tarragona)

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