Diving into the heart of Catalonian culture, we visited the MNAC (the National Museum of Catalan Art) on Wednesday. Having very limited exposure to Catalonian culture prior to this trip, I was reminded of my first visit ever to an art institute, the DIA. There are similarities between the two, both featuring a Picasso for instance, and of course art through centuries past. The DIA is elegant, constructed from pearly whites and soft gray marble – a jewel beset on Woodward Ave just north of Warren Ave near Wayne State University. In contrast, the MNAC is a palace nestled amongst the foliage of El Poble-Sec, just west of the Mediterranean Sea.

In this exercise, we analyzed what an image conveys through its hues, tones and textures. The lines draw your attention around an image to tell a story. In this case, it was the making of a Catalonian martyr.

This exercise was called “Perspective”. We took a picture of this painting, “Sant Miquel Arcangel” by Blasco de Granen at 25 feet, 15 feet, and 5 feet to demonstrate how our perspective changes as we get closer to an image. From 25 feet away you may think you see one thing, but the details become all the more clear the closer you get to it.

In this exercise, we examined how our mind creates expectations by relying on a group member to describe this painting; the twist was that we all (except Courtney) had our eyes closed! It was interesting to see how much or little our expectations mirrored what actually was.