The Museum contains a valuable collection of very diverse artistic objects. It is divided into different sections organized for educational purposes and offering the possibility of guided tours.
Archeology of the Biblical East
Represented by an important collection of pieces related to the countries of the Bible. In addition to the pieces on permanent display, there is a collection that is alternated periodically for presentation to visitors and researchers. Included in the collection are cuneiform tablets in the Akkadian, Hittite and Sumerian languages, and stone cylinder seals from Mesopotamia. From Egypt, there are ancient funerary pieces, including a mummy of a girl of around 25 years of age; two sarcophagi, vases, statuettes and amulets. From Palestine there are pottery pieces, coins, statues of Greek and Canaanite divinities, crystal vases and lamps. There is also a collection of Cypriot pottery.
Medieval and Early Modern Paintings
A collection covering the period from the 13th to the 18th centuries with works by Berruguete, Morales, El Greco, Caravaggio, Luca Giordano, Bonfigli, A. de Salermo, Marco Pino and Tiepolo. Catalan and Castilian painting is represented on tables dating from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Gold and Silverware
Represented by a series of liturgical objects (e.g. chalices, patens, cruets, crowns, custodias) ranging from the 15th to the 20th century, displaying the evolution of artistic styles and techniques.
A permanent exhibition on the Virgin that presents the evolution of the holy image of Mary over the course of history. The name of the display, NigraSum, is Latin for “I am black”. There are sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, medals, etc.
Modern Painting and Sculpture
A highly representative collection of Catalan artists working from the mid-19th through to the 20th century: Martí Alsina, Vayreda, Gimeno, Rusiñol, Casas, Camarasa, Picasso, Dalí, Nonell, and Mir. There are also works by French Impressionists including Monet, Sisley, Degas, Pissarro, Rouault and Poliakoff. The section is rounded out with pieces by Singer Sangent, Sorolla, Julio Romero de Torres, and Zuloaga.
160 Byzantine and Slavic icons from a private collection bequeathed to the museum over four years.
Olesa de Montserrat is a municipality rich in culture and tradition, located in the foothills of the mountain of Montserrat. Olesa de Montserrat is located in the north of the comarca (county) of Baix Llobregat, in the subcomarca of Montserratí, halfway between Barcelona and the Montserrat Monastery. The natural area of the municipality, with its beautiful and magnificent scenery, is bounded by the Llobregat river and the mountain chains of Sant Salvador de les Espases and Puigventós. Olesa’s roots are markedly agricultural; it is noted in particular for its cultivation of olives of the palomar or Olesan variety, native to the region, from which the famous Olesan oil is extracted.
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