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ITALIAN PAINTING AT MNAC.
SOME PAINTINGS FROM THE CAMBÓ BEQUEST

by Maria Margarita Cuyàs
curator of the Department of Renaissance and Baroque Art, MNAC

Among the Renaissance and Baroque treasures of the collection of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, pride of place must go to the Cambó bequest, a collection unprecedented in Catalonia, which embraces the history of European painting from the 14th century to the early 19th century and which highlights the perfection achieved during the Italian Quattrocento period, the sensuality of the great Venetian masters of the 16th century, the significance of the economic boom which took place in the Netherlands in the 17th century, and not least, the splendour of the Spanish Century of Gold and the fullness of European Rococo. All the works are of outstanding interest and greatly enrich the Museum's interest. Nevertheless, I would like to pay special attention to some of the Italian works and those of the Venetian School in particular.

To start, especially worthy of mention are the tableaus of the life of the Mother of God executed by a disciple of Giotto, working at Rimini around the year 1330, three exquisite fragments marking the transition from Gothic to the Renaissance. (…)