A painting rescued for the Museu Nacional d'Art de CatalunyaAfter a long process of research and restoration that was made possible thanks to sponsorship by BNP Paribas and its Foundation, experts at the museum have managed to identify The Conversion of Saint Paul as one of the few surviving works by the painter from Pastrana Juan Bautista Maíno, one of the people responsible for the introduction to Spain of the figurative art of Caravaggio and the circle of painters active in Rome in the early 17th century.
So as to explain to visitors the new attribution and the complex and delicate process of restoration it has undergone, The Conversion of Saint Paul is being exhibited in a room of its own, along with a preliminary painting from a private collection, an X-ray showing its condition before the intervention and a video detailing the process by which the canvas was restored.
The Conversion of Saint Paul entered the former Museu d'Art de Catalunya following its acquisition in 1952 and now that its authorship has been confirmed it will join the catalogue of works by Juan Bautista Maíno (1581-1649). Another of the 44 works by this painter, the Portrait of Fray Alonso de Santo Tomás, currently exhibited in the Museum's Baroque art rooms, already forms part of the MNAC's collections.
The Conversion of Saint Paul. The restoration
The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, in collaboration with the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, is presenting Nonell and Claramunt. Urban registers.
The exhibition is set up as a dialogue between a selection of drawings by Luis Claramunt (1951-2000), from the series The Black Mark, and by Isidre Nonell (1872-1911), belonging to the Museum's Cabinet of Drawings and Prints, to illustrate the affinities between the two artists.
Nonell and Claramunt stood out in their day for their unconventional ways in every aspect of life.
The work of Isidre Nonell (1872-1911) was one of the earliest pictorial references for Luis Claramunt (1951-2000), who in his early days as an artist often used to visit the Museum. On these visits, Claramunt paid close attention to the painter's work, especially the pictures of poor neighbourhoods and Gypsy women.
Another point on which the two artists coincided is the importance they gave to drawing, as they both considered this technique a language independent from painting.
This exhibition is a parallel project to the exhibition Luis Claramunt. The Vertical Journey, being organised at the MACBA, a complete retrospective of the artist's work linked to the places he lived in.