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Best Fine Art in Barcelona

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Barcelona's Diocese Museum

You'll find this museum in the old Casa de la Canonja (La Pia Almoina), alongside the Barcelona Cathedral Museum. It displays a remarkable collection of religious art belonging to Barcelona's diocese, including the unique silver Romanesque cross, Riells del Fai, and Abbot Guerau de Clasquerí's crosier. The diocese's complete collection of gold and silver ornaments, paintings, sculpture and archaeological artifacts are on permanent display here. In addition, there are temporary exhibitions like the recent showing of drawings, photos and models called La Restauración en el movimiento moderno (The Restoration in the Modernist movement).

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Barcelona Cathedral Museum

Situated in the chapter house of the centrally located Barcelona Cathedral, this museum houses an array of interesting artifacts once used in religious ceremonies. The one-room museum also spotlights beautiful works of art, among them the fascinating La Pietat by Bartolomé Bermejo, a 15th-century Spanish painter. Another notable piece sits above the ribbed vault, portraying Saint Oleguer and co-patron saint Eulalia in all their glory. Its location inside the breathtaking Barcelona Cathedral alone makes this museum worth visiting, so be sure to add it to your list of things to see in Barcelona.

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Picasso Museum

Barcelona's tribute to one of its adopted sons, the Picasso Museum displays a fabulous collection across three adjoining medieval palaces. Although the famous Cubist artist was actually born in Málaga, his long artistic career started in Barcelona. Visitors to this museum will see important early works in various mediums, including engraving, lithography, and pottery. The best-known pieces on display at the Picasso Museum are the Harlequin, a portrait of one of Picasso's wives, and the Las Meninas series. Regular temporary exhibits focus on different aspects of the artist's legacy like his research on landscapes and foray into theater design. Additionally, there are some works by other artists from the avant-garde movement on display, rounding out the experience.

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Joan Miró Foundation

Established by surrealist artist Joan Miró, this institute was founded to support the study of contemporary art. It was built by architect Josep Lluís Sert who was also a close friend to Miró and member of the Catalan art scene. Its outstanding octagonal tower houses a concert hall that puts on classical music performances, and the striking building also houses a permanent collection of Miró's art. Large canvases mingle with tapestries while engravings complement photographs. Given the eclectic stylings of its honored artist, the institute showcases a number of disciplines and aesthetics. There are also a café-restaurant and souvenir shop onsite, promising plenty of comfort for visitors to the Joan Miró Foundation.

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National Art Museum of Catalunya

Built in 1990, the National Art Museum of Catalonia offers the best collection of Romanesque murals in the world, including some real gems from the Pyrenean region. Other pieces housed in the collection demonstrate diversity through such mediums as carving, sculpture, wood paintings, and glazed objects. Also found in the museum are uniques works like intricate altarpieces and gold and silver ornaments. You'll enjoy a selection of Gothic period paintings by 14th- and 15th-century Catalan School artists alongside those of their counterparts from across Spain and Europe. Art lovers will enjoy a healthy dose of local art at the National Art Museum of Catalonia.

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Pedralbes Monastery Museum

This monastery and adjoining convent were founded in 1327 by Queen Elisenda of Montcada to house the nuns of the Order of Saint Clare. Now, the site serves as a museum, giving visitors a peek at the important Gothic landmark. The property is quite lovely, featuring a courtyard, garden, and Renaissance-style fountain. Everything has been carefully maintained and restored, included the dining hall, kitchen, infirmary, and cells once belonging to the resident nuns. Visitors will find some of the religious paintings belonging to the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection in one of the rooms, giving the experience an artistic bent on top of its cultural appeal.

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