Barcelona

National Museum of Art Catalunya

The Best of Catalan Art in the National Palace

High up on Montjuic is MNAC or Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya housed in the majestic national palace. The gallery museum showcases mainly Catalan artwork from the early Middle ages to the 20th century. Many come to view the incredible Romanesque frescoes which have been rescued from country churches across Catalonia in order to preserve them. There are 21 frescoes in total, bas-relief altar panels and wood carvings all dating back to medieval times. Many of the frescoes in particular the Christ in Majesty is worth coming to see alone.

Across from the wonderful Romanesque collection lies the section portraying Gothic Arts. Must see’s include the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection which is on loan from the renowned museum in Madrid, this collection presents paintings and sculptures of European artwork dating from the 13th to 18th century which includes Veronese, Titian, Rubens, Fra Angelico’s Madonna of Humility and works by Gainsborough and Goya.

As well as indulging in many Modernista paintings and an early Salvador Dali “Portrait of my Father” there is also a restaurant in the museum which offers phenomenal views on the outside as well, across the cityscape.