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The Pérez Rosales collection
In 1969 Barcelona Council purchased the building Maricel de Mar with the aim of installing the varied collection of Dr. Jesus Perez-Rosales (Manila, 1896-Barcelona, 1989), who was a renowned gynaecologist and passionate collector. A year later the Museo Maricel was officially opened.
The collection is made up of more than three thousand pieces from diverse origins, including mural paintings (such as the Pantocrator of Santa Maria de Cap d’Aran, dating from the twelfth century), copies of Gothic painting on wood (including two pieces the altarpiece of Sant Pere de Cubells by Pere Serra), carvings and Renaissance altarpieces, and modernist sculptures. The work of artists Josep Llimona (Grief), Enric Clarasó (Head of child crying), Joan Rebull (Rest, the Aurora or Gypsy), Josep Clarà, Josep Cañas and Pablo Gargallo (The Reaper) is on display, as well as six fabric panels by Josep M. Sert, representing an allegory of the First World War. Also included are numerous paintings, furniture, liturgical pieces of gold jewellery, ceramics and porcelain.
The Art Collection of the town of Sitges
Since 1995 the Museo Maricel has also been home to the Sitges art collection which occupies several rooms on the second floor of the building. One can enjoy numerous works by artists from Sitges from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and others who were closely linked to the town during these periods.
On visiting these rooms, the visitor is able to take an evocative journey through the last two centuries of Catalan painting from Joaquim Espalter (born in Sitges in 1809) to Pere Pruna (who spent long periods here during the 1940s and 1950s).
‘La Escuela Luminista’ of Sitges, which formed a bridge between Maria Fortuny and the modernists, is also represented in the museum, with works by Felip Maso (including the emblematic Procession of St. Bartholomew), Joaquim Miro (The collection of Malvasia), Josep i Batlle Amell, Arcadi Mas i Fondevila (The procession of the Corpus in Sitges), Joan Antoni Roig i Soler and Almirall.
It also boasts several works by Santiago Rusiñol, among which ‘Sunset’, painted in Biniaraix (Mallorca), and the portraits of the Sitges painters, Salvador Robert, Pere Lluís Forment and Magrans can be found. Additionally, one cannot fail to observe the exceptional portrait by Ramon Casas of Charles Deering, the individual who, in the early twentieth century, promoted the construction of the Maricel. The painting titled ‘La Maternidad’ by Sitges born painter Joaquim Sunyer leads the visitor to a room dedicated to ‘Noucentisme’. In this room you can also see paintings and drawings by Agustí Pino Ferrer, Josep Vidal and Josep M. Casades Llopis, among others. The collection is complete with pieces by Artur Carbonell (Girl in black), Guillem Bergnes (Rocks at San Sebastian), Alfred Sisquella and the aforementioned Pere Pruna.
The Collection of fisherman Emerencià Roig
Included in the Art Collection owned by the Town of Sitges is that of fisherman Emerencia i Raventos Roig (Sitges, 1881 – Barcelona 1935), donated to the town by his brother. Roig was a specialist in maritime subjects and an author of books such as fishing in Catalonia (1926), The Catalan navy Vuit-cents (1929) and The Sitges of our grandparents (1934).
The collection consists of a diverse set of models and miniatures of ships, drawings and engravings, maps, nautical instruments (sextants, compasses, etc…) And fishing tackle (handles, hooks, needles for repairing nets, etc…), which were formerly used by fishermen along the Catalan coast.