Bassegoda i Hugas, Bonaventura



(Barcelona, 1954) - Professor of Art History at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), where he has been lecturing since October 1978. He has been academic secretary of the UAB Art Department (May 1989 to June 1991), Director of the Cabinet of Drawings and Prints at the National Art Museum of Catalonia (October 1991 to September 1993), head of the UAB Art Department (June 1994 to May 1998), a board member of the Spanish Committee for Art History (October 1994 to October 2004), head of Art at the General Sub-secretariat for Research Projects of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (March 2004 to January 2007), and since January 2009 he has been in charge of the Office of the Vice-rector for Social and Cultural Transfer. In 1995 he was one of the promoters of the Art History scientific journal “Locus Amoenus”, published by the UAB, and—since October 2007—he has been a member of the International Advisory Board of the journal “Goya. Revista de Arte”, published in Madrid.

As a researcher, his expertise lies in issues related to the literature of the Renaissance and Baroque Art. He has published an anthology of texts, “Barroco en Europa”, in the collection “Fuentes y documentos para la historia del arte” (Barcelona, 1983), a detailed critical edition of the treatise by Francisco Pacheco, “Arte de la pintura”, 1638 (Cátedra, Madrid 1990), and has studied, in three articles, the singular figure of the art writer and collector of drawings and prints, the Valencian canon Vicente Vitoria (Dènia 1650-Rome 1709). He has also devoted himself to the study of old Catalan drawings and was curator of the exhibition “La col•lecció Raimon Casellas”, presented in 1992 in Barcelona (MNAC) and at the Prado Museum in 1993. In 1994 he published a monograph on “La Cova de Sant Ignasi” (Angle Publishing, Manresa), one of the most important Baroque buildings in Catalonia.
In recent years he has dealt with different aspects of the history of art collecting. He has published a book of research on the pictorial collection of the San Lorenzo de El Escorial monastery (“El Escorial como museo. La decoración pictórica mueble en el monasterio de El Escorial desde Diego Velázquez hasta Frédéric Quilliet (1809)”, Barcelona, 2002). Currently he is working on the study of art collecting during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Catalonia and its relationship to the origins and evolution of our artistic historiography. Some of the first results of this research can be found in the collective work, B. Bassegoda ed., “Col•leccionistes, col•leccions i museus. Episodis del patrimoni artístic de Catalunya” (Barcelona 2007); in the oral paper "Joan Antoni Güell i López (1875-1958), segon comte de Güell, tercer marquès de Comillas i primer col•leccionista d’escultura policromada barroca," in B. Bassegoda, J. Garriga, J. Paris, eds., “L’època del Barroc i els Bonifàs. Actes de les Jornades d’Història de l’Art a Catalunya” (Valls, 1, 2 i 3 de juny de 2006, Barcelona, 2007, p.499-518; and in the article "El col•leccionisme d’art a Barcelona al segle XIX", appearing in the catalogue, “Ànimes de vidre. Les col•leccions Amatller”, The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia, Barcelona, 2010, p.25-36.
He was elected to be the academic responsible for the section of sumptuary and visual arts of the Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts of Saint George, on October 19th, 2011, at the proposal of the academics Joan Bassegoda i Nonell, Josep Bracons i Clapés, Francesc Fontbona i de Vallescar, Mireia Freixa i Serra, Leopoldo Gil Nebot, and Pilar Vélez i Vicente. Librarian from June 18, 2014 to December 20, 2018; and since December 18, 2019.


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