Located on Montjuïc Mountain where there is an overwhelming number of fantastic things to see and do, the National of Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC in its Catalan abbreviation) captures the spirit of this unique region within Spain. While this is a place for art enthusiasts and certainly artists themselves, it is also a wonderful place for leisure and reflection, as its location offers a unique vantage point from which to see both city and yourself. Enjoy the art collection as well as the bird’s eye view of the city while you explore one of the Barcelona’s best art collections.
- Medieval Romanesque Art – This collection is comprised of 11th to 13th Century art ranging from mural and panel paintings that are the largest in Europe, to breathtaking metalwork, and wood and stone sculptures.
- Medieval Gothic Art – The first documented Catalan artists belong to this era from the 13th to the 15th centuries. The famous painters from this time and whose art is housed in the National Museum of Catalan Art are Jaume Huguet, Lluís Dalmau, Bernat Martorell, and Lluís Borassà. This collection also includes many sculptures and liturgical pieces.
- Renaissance and Baroque Art – This is a period of great evolution for art in Europe, ranging from the 16th to 18th centuries. Spanish artists such as Ayne Bru and Antoni Vladomat worked alongside international colleagues such as Tiziano, El Greco and Veláquez to bring about whole new styles and many religious works.
- Modern Art – Covering the 19th and 2oth centuries and a wide range of styles from Neoclassicism to Avant-garde. This collection was reopened in 2014 after a renewal process bringing a more dynamic experience for viewers.
- Drawing Prints and Posters – It’s always nice to see the less produced works of famous artists in order to get a sense for their talent and personality. What are the things they did for fun or practice? If you like to see that side of art, you’ll love these pieces.
- Photography – This contemporary collection is home to more than 40,000 items from the 19th and 20th century with names such as Pere Casas Abarca.
- Numismatics – This is the collection for collectors, and houses more than 135,000 examples of coins from the 6th century to the present day.
Education at the National Museum of Catalan Art
If you’re on vacation with the family and looking for some great activities for the kids then the museum is the place to visit. School holidays are packed with activities and camps for the little ones, covering a wide range of interests. It also hosts frequent story times where your imaginations will be awed by the what is behind some of Catalonia’s most famous artworks. If you have an especially curious child, consider the detective games offered by the museum programming for a fun way to spend the day. Sundays are family days at the National Museum of Catalan Art with creative activities for the whole family.
While staying at a Barcelona short term rental, there are few places as exciting to visit as Montjuïc Mountain and the National Museum of Catalan Art. Be sure to take advantage of this centrally located destination where you can enjoy both leisure and learning.