This comprehensive collection has taken shape over the years thanks to the contributions from private collections, and so reflects the tastes of the Catalan society for art produced in Spain during the 16th, 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries.
How fortunate we are to have had - and presumably there is a continuing tradition of art lovers who have collected works from the various periods of time, and then made those works available to museums for preservation and public display. And then thankfully we have public institutions like the MNAC who have the vision and ability to present such works in such a stimulating environment. Without such collections our society would be so much the poorer.
Natura morta amb plat de condonys - Francisco de Zurbaran
Mare de Deu - Ramon Amadeu - painted terracotta
Vase with Flowers - Francesc Lacoma - 1805
Nen Jesu triompant - Lluis Bonifas - painted clay
Granada Landscape - Maria Fortuny - 1871
Mare du Deu de la Paloma - Venanci Vallmitjana - glazed clay - 1880
Portrait of Lluisa Dulce - Antoni Caba - 1880
Gran gerro amb flors - Josep Mirabent - 1885
El guitarrista - Simo Gomez - 1887
Portrait d'Elisa Masriera - Rossend Nobas - 1884
L'espantaocells - Joaquim Vayreda - 1883
L'estiu - Joaquim Vayreda - 1883
La sega - Joaquim Vayreda - 1882
Market in Santa Coloma de Queralt - Jaume Morera - 1895
The Pride - Josep Reynes - 1880
Landscape - Francesc Torrescassana - 1864
Woman in Evening Gown - Roma Ribera - 1893
Detail of Llavaneres - Josep Masriera - 1890
In the presence of the lord - Francesc Masiera - 1891
The First Cold - Miquel Blay - 1892
Over my Dead Body - Ramon Casas - 1893
Study - Ramon Casa - 1894
Portrait of Miquel Utrillo - Santiago Rusinol - 1890
Eve - Enric Claroso - 1894
Laughing Girl - Santiago Rusinol - 1894
dome of central atrium ...
This was one of my favourite periods in art history and in the next blog I will continue into the first half of the 20th century.