The ideal beauty at Frederic Marès Museum

Posted on 31 July 2009 in Barcelona, always!

The Verger of the Royal Palace on Comtes de Barcelona

The Verger of the Royal Palace (Museu Frederic Marès)

 The Museu Frederic Marès is a unique collecting museum that preserves the collections assembled by its founder, sculptor Frederic Marès (1893-1991), which came to form part of the patrimony of the city of Barcelona through his donation in 1944.  The museum was laid out taking advantage of a series of buildings that occupied part of the quarters of what used to be the Royal Palace, the headquarters of the counts of Barcelona and the kings of the Catalan-Aragonese Crown in the Middle Ages. 
Its original Verger (courtyard garden) still remains intact and it is open to all visitors.  A courtyard filled with orange trees surrounded by arched galleries, a pleasant spot in fine weather. Right in the middle is a fountain where the traditional festivity of “L’ou com balla” (the dancing egg) is held on Corpus Christi. The installation of a Wi-Fi service offers citizens Internet free of charge. In good weather, there is also the “Cafè d’estiu” (Summer Café).

“The ideal beauty” features works by Antoni Solà (Barcelona, 1780- Rome, 1861) one of the most prestigious artists of his times. Living on a stipend in Rome since 1803, he stayed there permanently and was one of only two foreigners to hold the presidency of the San Luca Academy, the main hub of neoclassical art. He took part in the main cultural affairs of Rome and upheld imitation of the Greeks and the quest for the ideal beauty, which is visible in his sculptures, academic speeches and lessons addressed to his disciples. Many of his monuments and works decorate palaces, churches and squares in Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Havana, Bologna and Mexico. Buried in the Eternal City, the new aesthetic patterns and the passage of time relegated him to oblivion. A century and a half later, this is the first exhibition that aims to do justice to one of the great neoclassical sculptors.

Where: Museu Frederic Marès
Pl. Sant Iu (next to the Cathedral)
Dates: Until September 27th

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