To know more about the Renaissance and Baroque art

To know more about the Renaissance and Baroque art


The collection reflects the evolution of European art in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.  At the beginning of the Renaissance period, the Gothic forms coexisted in Catalonia with other new solutions, in which the religious fervour was mixed with the detail of daily life.  Works such as Sant Càndid, by Ayne Bru, or the Sant Blai, by Pere Fernández, include the humanistic feeling and the stamp of the leading art being done in Italy.   

The Altarpiece of Saint Eligious of the silversmiths, by Pere Nunyes, maintains the tone of the new language, the same used by the sculptor Damià Forment for the group of  Domitian of the Virgin Mary. Towards the end of the 16th century, the Hispanic painting has works of great beauty, which exemplified the modernity of colour in Christ with the Cross and the Saint Peter and Saint Paul by El Greco. Contemporarily, the Eccehomo by Luis Morales transmits the devotional feeling of the Counter-Reformation.

In the 17th century it is worth highlighting the works by the masters of the Spanish Golden Age, such as the Martiri de sant Bartomeu, or by the artist from Valencia Josep de Ribera, called «Lo Spagnoletto», the Sant Pau, by Diego Velázquez, or the Immaculate Conception and various still lifes by Francisco de Zurbarán.

Returning to Catalonia, the image of Sant Gaietà, by the sculptor Andreu Sala, echoes the art of Bernini. The tour starts with the frescos of the Herrera chapel, by Annibale Carracci and collaborators, which decorated the Roman church of Sant Jaume dels Espanyols, and continues with paintings by other Italian artists such as Gioacchino Assereto, Massimo Stanzione and Andrea Vaccaro.

Reaching the 18th century, the series dedicated to the Life of Saint Francis, by Antoni Viladomat, that decorated the cloister of the convent of minor friars of Barcelona, which constitutes the unique series of monastic life totally conserved in the museum.  Furthermore, the bold work by Francesc Pla, known as «The man from Vic», represents the pictorial freedom of the interior decoration of the houses of the new wealthy commercial and industrial class, precursor to the art that would be developed in the 19th century.   

In this collection, which reflects the taste of a part of our civil society for Renaissance and Baroque, there are two important contributions, the Cambó Bequest and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection.

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