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News from the MNAC

The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya has made two major acquisition during the summer.

baudiliusAt an auction held in Barcelona on 31 May 2017 they acquired a panel painting representing the Decapitation of Saint Baudilus, painted by Lluís Dalmau for the old Gothic high altarpiece in the parish church of Sant Boi de Llobregat (Baix Llobregat), one of the few works by the painter to have been conserved.
Lluís Dalmau was one of the principal artists working in Barcelona in the mid 15th century, and was employed at the court of King Alfonso IV. There are only two surviving documented works by this outstanding painter: the famous Virgin of the “Consellers”, made between 1443 and 1445, and the altarpiece from Sant Boi, dated to 1448. The Museu Nacional was able to purchase this exceptional work thanks to a donation by the Palarq Foundation. It will certainly become a well-loved masterpiece of the Museum’s impressive collection of Catalan Gothic painting.

maspons_x1500_caThey also acquired 200 photographs by Catalan photographer Oriol Maspons (Barcelona, 1928-2013), thanks to the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation. The new acquisition will enable the organisation of a major retrospective dedicated to this photographer in 2019. Moreover, the generosity of the Nando and Elsa Peretti fundation will enable researchers to study the over 7000 photographs and other photographic material deposited at the Museum by the photographer in 2010.

Medieval Acquisitions, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), Barcelona


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.