II International Congress Mediterranean Encounters, 13th-15th of September, 2023. Painted space, reconstructed space in medieval mural painting (IV-XIII Centuries)

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II International Congress Mediterranean Encounters, 13th-15th of September, 2023. Painted space, reconstructed space in medieval mural painting (IV-XIII Centuries)

The Museu Nacional is hosting the second edition of the Incontri Mediterranei (Mediterranean Encounters), whose first edition was held in Rome in 2019. It is an ambitious international symposium on medieval art that was born from the close collaboration between the Museu Nacional d’ Art de Catalunya, the Sapienza Università di Roma and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, ​​with the aim of promoting the study and characterization of the artistic phenomena of the medieval Mediterranean, the circulation of repertoires and artists, as well as the rich exchange processes that distinguish them. In this meeting, the problem of how the thematic distribution and the perception of space worked in a painted church will be discussed, from its origins in the 13th century, and what strategies have been developed by museums and original places to help the viewer to reconstruct this experience. Speakers from the universities of Cleveland, Athens, Nicosia, Rome, Milan, Verona, Catania, the Complutense University of Madrid and the Autonomous University of Barcelona participate in the congress.

The objective of this conference will be to analyze how the distribution of images was in a painted church and the original perception of space in these ensembles from its origins to the 13th century. We want to focus on the theme of the removal of medieval wall paintings (or parietal mosaics) and the strategies that have been carried out in museums and original places to help the viewer to recreate the original experience of these sets. The congress will address the cycles of medieval mural painting and parietal mosaic throughout the Mediterranean from the 4th to the 13th centuries (Holy Land, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, France and the Iberian Peninsula).

Scientific committee: Jordi Camps (National Art Museum of Catalonia), Anna Maria D’Achille (Sapienza Università di Roma) Antonio Iacobini (Sapienza Università de Roma) Marina Righetti (Sapienza Università di Roma) and Manuel Castiñeiras (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

Places and Dates: National Art Museum of Catalonia and Vall de Boí, from September 13-15, 2023.

Registration will open on June 15:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Presentation of the Book Santa Maria de Ripoll en el segle XIX: El procés d'una transformació / El llegat de Joan Martí Font

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We are most delighted to invite you next Wednesday 9 December 2015 at 6 pm, in the auditori of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Montjuïc), to the book presentation:
Santa Maria de Ripoll en el segle XIX: El procés d'una transformació / El llegat de Joan Martí Font, d’Antoni Llagostera, Concepció Peig i Antoni Pladevall.

It will also be presented the book:

Les fotos de la reconstrucció del segle XIX. Tres sèries de fotografies del Monestir de Santa Maria de Ripoll.
Edited by the Centre d’Estudis Comarcals del Ripollès-Neurosi.
Presentation will be chaired by Manuel Castiñeiras González, director of the Departament d'Art i Musicologia de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Conxa Peig is collaborator of the Research Project Magistri Cataloniae.
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Next Saturday, 28 November, the public Thesis Defense of Anne Leturque will take place at the Université Paul-Valéry -Montpellier 3, at 2 am, on: 
“Sensim per partes discuntur quaelibet artes ...Chaque art s’apprend lentement , pas à pas ...”. Mise en regard d’un savoir écrit sur l’art de peindre au Moyen Âge (le Liber diversarum artium – Ms H277- Bibliothèque inter-universitaire de Montpellier – Faculté de Médecine) et d’un savoir-faire practique (les oeuvres peintes sur murs et sur panneaux de bois en Catalogne aux XIIe et XIIIe siècles).
This these has been co-advised by Manuel Castiñeiras (UAB) and Géraldine Mallet (Université de Montpellier 3).

New contributions in the research of the romanesque pictorial techniques

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The TV program “La 7mana a la Catalunya Central” (EL9TV) dedicates a TV report on Magistri Cataloniae's current research in collaboration with the Museu Episcopal de Vic. Judit Verdaguer, MEV's curator and collaborator of our research project, is investigating how Romanesque painters' work was done through analyses of pigments. This TV report could be watch this week in EL9TV, Canal Taronja Anoia, Canal Taronja Bages,Televisió del Ripollès, Televisió de Manresa and Televisió de Girona.

Research of the Romanesque Pictorial Techniques

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Examinant un dels frontalsExamining an altar frontalOne of the main goals of the project “Artistas, patronos y público. Cataluña y el Mediterraneo (s. XI-XV) - MAGISTRI CATALONIAE” (MICINN HAR2011-23015) is to study the medieval artists’ techniques by methods of scientific analysis applied to the artwork.

The interdisciplinary of the work provided by the different specialists (restorers, art historians, chemicals) makes possible a comprehensive and rigorous research of the Romanesque Catalan painting network (mural painting and panel painting). The sum  and the association of the study of the materials and the execution technologies, also the historical artistic documentation of the work, and as well the comparison with other contemporary examples, will help us to answer some of the questions that this project has the aim to resolve: the origin, the formation and trajectory of the Romanesque painter.

Through a transversal collaboration between the UAB, the MEV and the CRBMC -the last two as EPOS of the project- three panels of the Museu Episcopal of Vic (altar frontals from Lluçà, Espinelves and Puigbò) have been analysed at the Centre de Conservació i Restauració de Catalunya. The results of the study of the material components will be confronted, in comparative terms, with the results of the scientific tests of two mural paintings that present stylistic affinities with two panels from de MEV (Lluçà, Espinelves). These two mural painting sets are those from Sant Martí de Puig-Reig and from the chapel of Sant Thomas Becket’s of Santa Maria de Terrassa. This first step of the research should determine the connection between the different pictorial Romanesque technologies and evaluate, for certain examples, the existence of a unique profile or a shared learning of the medieval painter.

Examen-dun-frontal-amb-llum-ultravioladaTesting an altar frontal with ultraviolet light