Visiting Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya was a majestic experience as I have never seen a grand entrance for an art museum, as it was so open and decorative with a mixture of natural and man-made designs. It was amazing to get to the top of the stairs and observe the city from a high altitude, admiring both the architecture and the mountainous scenery.
Looking at the art and having a minimal experience with it, I have gained much appreciation for the artist and their work. Each artist has their own style and flair into their masterpieces, which influences of Catalan history, as it also shapes future cultural behaviors, which helps shape present day. Through personal values, learning, and beliefs, I learned everyone has their own perspective when looking at art. With my experiences and the artwork provided, it was possible for me to create a story to tell to others.
As a group, we observed the art of Maestro de Vallbona called Retaule del Corpus Christi. The artist uses dark colors and specific patterns in the arches. It was amazing to see the details used in the past. I appreciate how they add so much detail into the arches, as it was a symbol of grandness. I also loved how the picture tells a story as viewers can follow each different box.
One painting that caught my attention was El Derrotista (The Deafeatist) by Ramón Puyol.
In the picture, I see a person using binoculars and observing from a distance. Dark black lines, which what looks like a shadow is extracted from the body. I think this painting represents a person observing a man and having a realization. The shadow shows the thoughts of what he is seeing is being forgotten as the person now has a new thought of what he is observing.
Visiting the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya not only gave me a greater perspective of art, history, and Catalan culture, this trip has taught me the effort that was made to preserve such beautiful artifacts and the city that they love.