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National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)

The National Palace of Montjuïc, the site of the MNAC, was built between 1926 and 1929 for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona. King Alfonso XIII and Queen Victoria Eugenia presided over its inauguration at the grand Oval Room.

Today, the Museum houses one of Europe’s most unique permanent collections of romanesque art, on the basis of both the volume and the quality of its holdings. Among them, you’ll find the murals of the Romanesque Churches of Sant Climent de Taüll and Santa María de Taüll. The Museum’s collection of Gothic painting is also rather noteworthy, and features works by the most famous and influential Catalonian artists of the 14th and 15th centuries.

The wings dedicated to Renaissance and Baroque art include works by Berruguete, Ribalta, El Greco and Velázquez. The modernista period is wonderfully presented with works by Casas, Rusiñol and Gaudí, and it also features the original furbishment of Casa Lleó i Morera.

The Museum also has on display a diverse collection of metal and porcelain sculptures, engravings, and reliefs, and presents a remarkable display of the region’s history.

MNAC is closed on Mondays, as well as on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. You can find all the information in: www.museunacional.cat

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