Tiles from Design Museum of Barcelona

The Design Museum of Barcelona has created three stories on Google Arts and Culture relating to a set of tin-glazed earthenware tiles in their collection.

The architectural tiles in the museum’s collection once decorated a pavilion in the palace of the Count of Castellar. Scenes depicted on the tiles represent pastimes of the nobility around the time of their creation in 1710.

One painted tile scene is “The Chocolate Party.” The museum has created two explanatory stories about this tile scene: “The Chocolate Party” and “A Portrait of Society From The 18th Century.” Both stories highlight some of the fashions and customs of the time, and walk the viewer into details depicted in the panel.

I prefer “A Portrait of Society From the 18th Century” as it also shows examples of clothing, shoes and items like fans from their collection.

The third story relates to a different panel entitled “The Bullfight.” The story discusses the multifunctional purpose of bullrings, which served as marketplaces, parades, wedding venues, and more.

Similarly, the story drills into different elements of the painted scene to allow the viewer to learn more about the topic both visually and via text.

One thought on “Tiles from Design Museum of Barcelona

  1. Very interesting post. It seems they were using ceramics as a support for quite refined painting. Having been a painter for many years, and a beginning ceramicist for less than one year, I am impressed with the control they were able to achieve. It must be spectacular in situ at the palace. Thanks for sharing.


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