27 October - 27 March 2011. This exhibition of ceramic animal figures from the archives of the Museum of Ceramics is divided into sections which focus on various aspects of the depiction of the animal kingdom.
From Renaissance times artists began to produce what must have been startling images of previously "undiscovered" creatures from distant lands. In the absence of photography artists were charged with faithfully reproducing images of the new animals, leaving a valuable legacy for future naturalists.
Then came the vogue for members of the European aristocracy to own exotic animals leading to certain types of animals becoming very fashionable pets.
Founded in 1966, the Ceramics Museum of Barcelona has been housed in the Palace of Pedralbes since 1990 where it displays its permanent collection of noteworthy Spanish ceramic art.