To know more about the Cambó Bequest

To know more about the Cambó Bequest


The politician and patron Francesc Cambó (Verges, 1876 – Buenos Aires, 1947) (in Spanish) donated a collection to the museum of fifty paintings by European Masters from the 14th to 19th centuries.  This is the most generous contribution of greatest value that the museum has received.  A programme expressly made to fill the gap that existed in the collections between the medieval series and the modern art works.

The primitive Italians show their passing from Medieval Gothic art to the Renaissance.  The perfect technique of the Cinquecento is shown in the paintings by Sebastiano del Piombo and Tiziano. We can find great moments in the exuberance of Peter Paulus Rubens, the protestant satire of Cranach, known as «the Elder» and the humour and carnival scenes of Tiepolo. Finally, the details of modernity arrive with the two portraits by Fragonard and Quentin de La Tour and the genius of Francisco de Goya.

Cambó put together nearly all his collection in less than ten years, from 1927 to 1936, with the advice of experts such as Bernard Berenson or Joaquim Folch i Torres (in Spanish). In April 1997, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of his death, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya paid tribute to him by officially exhibiting the Cambó Bequest for the first time in the Palau Nacional de Montjuïc.

Llegat Cambó - Catàleg