Experiencing new cultures in new countries, you must think that there is a museum to represent their ways and history. The National Museum of Catalan has many collections from many artists. When we visited the MNAC, we had great opportunities to practice VRM’s (Visual Research Methods), we had to analyze and examine paintings in
many ways. We first examined a medieval art painting shown below, we paired up and studied the painting for a minute and then we turned around and named the details of the paintings that we examined.
We first examined the medieval art paintings (painting 1 is 108.8 x 222 x 8.7 cm, and painting 2 is 106.5 x 223.2 x 9.3 cm), we paired up and studied the painting for a minute and then we turned around and named the details of the paintings that we examined.
After that we studied painting-2 next to it, analyzed and made a comparison between the two paintings together.
Another way we practiced for VRMs was with storytelling.
We had everyone in our group close their eyes while a group member explained the painting to us and we had to visualize the details the storyteller was explaining. Overall, the MNAC is a great start to practice VRMs.
Visiting the MNAC was definitely an amazing experience. Comparing the MNAC to our Art Institute of Chicago, there are differences and similarities. The biggest difference that I noticed was, there were not as many railings to set distance from the painting to the viewer at the MNAC as there are at the Art Institute of Chicago. In my opinion, this shows the type of crowd that come to observe the paintings, meaning that they are mature and the museum can trust its’ viewers. Another difference I noticed is the way the museum is presented. It is a large majestic building and that itself is a beautiful piece of art!