Barcelona Museums

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Enjoyed this small South American antiquities museum.  Basically, it is the private collection of a pot hunter.  I was most impressed with the woven rugs which are 500+ years old, yet retain vivid color!

The Details
Address: Carrer de Montcada 14
Transportation: Jaume 1
Price: 3e
Hours: T-F 11am-7pm, 10am-7pm Sat, 10am-3 Sun
Time: 30 minutes

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
I was wholly uneducated about Catalan art and again, fell in love with the bright colors.  Most of this art was painted between 1100-1400AD and came from churches in Spain that had fallen into disrepair.  Foreign entities were coming in and removing the art, so back in the 1920's Spain's curators pushed to get money to safely remove them, thus keeping the works of art in the country.

The Details
Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc,  08038 Barcelona, Spain
Situated on Montjuic hill at the end of Aviguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, near Pl Espanya.
Transportation: L1, L3 Pl. Espanya
Hours: T-Sat 10am-6pm winter 10am-8pm summer, Sun 10am-3pm
Cost: 12e
Time: 1 hour

Don't you just love the painting above.  It represents a town counsel---Can't you just see it, no one willing listening to the other side.  Oh wait...that still happens today!
I've seen a lot of art, but none as graphically violent as Spain's.  In the upper left hand corner the devil and an angle are weighing the worth of a soul and below it the damned are standing in a pot roasting over a fire.

Head of John the Baptist.