ITALIAN PAINTING AT MNAC.
SOME PAINTINGS FROM THE CAMBÓ BEQUEST
by Maria Margarita Cuyàs
curator of the Department of Renaissance and Baroque Art, MNAC
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.
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. (