Antonio Gallardo Ballart Donation:
New Masterpieces for the Museum
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), Barcelona
17 March – 3 July 2016
Display of 17 Romanesque and Gothic paintings and mural fragments selected from artworks presented to the Museum in recent years by the collector Antonio Gallardo Ballart. These acquisitions constitute the most outstanding contribution to the medieval collection over the past few years. In the near future, these pieces will come to form part of the permanent itinerary through the Museum’s room displays. The selection includes examples of Romanesque mural painting and Gothic panel painting, from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries. Most of the pieces are of Catalan origin, by artists such as the Serra brothers, Lluís Borrassà and Bernat Martorell. The rest come from other Hispanic regions, such as the fragment from the Abbey of San Pedro de Arlanza and a panel associated with Nicolás Francés.