Epifanio Garay. La Pola en Capilla (1890, óleo sobre tela) Museo Nacional

The National Museum of Colombia has built a collection of 20.000 objects More Than That Are symbols of national history and heritage. The collections include Remains of the first Inhabitants and material culture of prehispanic Societies, objects from current Indigenous and afrocolombian ethnography, Evidence of Different Periods of the nation’s history, and works of artistical value That range from the Colonial Period Through the works of ‘the first modern ‘artists: Fernando Botero, Alejandro Obregón, Guillermo Wiedemann, Juan Antonio Roda, Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar and Edgar Negret Enrique Grau.

José María Espinosa Prieto José María Espinosa portrayed himself on 1 August 1834 in Bogotá 1.8.1834 Thumbnail Reg 1935

The graphic arts collection includes more than 500 works in various techniques such as etching, lithography, woodcut, copper engraving and screen printing as well as photographs. Within this collection can distinguish various groups, the first consisting of the Bolivarian iconography collection donated by Eduardo Santos (1959). Other large donations from nineteenth-century prints are those made ​​by Luis Augusto Cuervo by 1955 and Beatriz Osorio Foundation since 1948.

”] The drawing area includes works by artists and scientists, painters, sculptors, miniaturists, geographers, cartoonists and architects, through techniques such as charcoal, pencil, ink, pastels and miniatures, the latter is an important section of the collection, 92pieza comprised aware of the specificity of this collection, the National Museum of Colombia created the Office of Drawing and Graphic Arts and the Cabinet of Miniatures, two rooms equipped for display of these works, which presents
selected works temporarily to make them public.

Fernando Botero (1932) Obispos muertos 1958 Óleo sobre tela 167 x 195 cm Colección Museo Nacional

The Painting area consists of painting easel painting, mural painting and other formats that bring together nearly 900 works.
It has significant groups of works by painters such as José María Espinosa, Epifanio Garay, Ricardo Acevedo Bernal, Andrés de Santa María, Ricardo Borrero Alvarez, Miguel Diaz Vargas, Ignacio Gomez Jaramillo, among others. In recent years this view has been enriched by donations of paintings by William Wiedemann, Fernando Botero and Enrique Grau.

Alejandro Obregón (1920 - 1992) Paisaje con ángeles Ca. 1964 Óleo sobre madera 49,3 x 69,4 cm Colección Museo Nacional

he sculpture area includes busts and statues, free-standing sculpture, installations, masks and carvings. For reasons mainly of space, this is the area of arts has grown more slowly and this has nearly 180 pieces, but includes works by Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar and Edgar Negret exhibited in the courtyards and The first modern room. The first sculptures related as part of the Museum’s collections in the catalog of 1881 and are religious in nature, as most of the pieces  of art that were in the museum at the time, In the early twentieth century entered the collections of works by important Colombian sculptors like Marco Tobon Mejia and historic works such as Juan José Neira mask and a bust of Simón Bolívar.

The pottery factory Bogota Majolica jars produced in the Bogota factory Nicolas Leiva C. 1845 Majolica Reg 1109, 1101 and 264

lthough within the art collections of Decorative Arts Area represents a small percentage, distributed objects: furniture, household objects and decorative, are representative of the development of national industry with high quality manufacturing. The collection is among his most notable, with the first items produced by the factory of china’s Bogota donated by Francisco de Paula Santander in 1834 and the crank organ household prepared by John P. Sahagún Silgado a craftsman, Bolívar, in 1899.

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