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The restored image of the Immaculate Conception Chapel Secret City Hall will be delivered this afternoon the Mayor of Lorca (04/06/2009)

This evening will take place the official presentation of the Immaculate Conception Chapel Lorca Secret City Hall, following the work carried out by the Center for Restoration of the Directorate General of Fine Arts and Cultural Heritage at a ceremony to be held from 19:00 at the Garden Ruano.

The event was attended by the Mayor of Lorca, Francisco Jodar, the Councillor of Culture, Rosa Medina and the Director General of Fine Arts and Cultural Assets Ujaldón Enrique, who will present the first mayor of the city of the restored image of the Immaculate Conception seventeenth century, which is kept in a chapel on the Board of Councils, which will be exhibited in the museum house Huerto Ruano, until next June 22, when he will return to its usual place.

Also present will be Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Lorca, Rosa Medina

The Immaculate Conception Chapel Secret City

The Immaculate Conception Chapel Secret City is a sculpture workshop linked to the Mena and in particular, the prominent sculptor Pedro de Mena Granada (1628-1688), related to those cultural and artistic links established by the geographical proximity itself from Five hundred but confirmed in the seventeenth century, between Granada and some centers of the former Diocese of Cartagena, such as Murcia or Lorca; known is also the existence of direct orders to the neighboring Andalusian city given its strong artistic roots, on many occasions, showing a sensitive dependence before the onset more baroque genuine local.

The workshop of Pedro de Mena (1628-1688) is one of the most important of eastern Andalusia, constituting a permanent influence in the last third of S.


There are many artists associated with it, either as direct disciples, as well as mere imitators or artisans in his workshop.

The work at hand is connected with the iconography in the middle of the century Alonso Cano designs for the sacristy of the Cathedral of Granada, belonging to the repertoire released by Alonso de Mena whose peculiarities are focused on the refinement of forms and polychrome and in small format.

The Virgin is covered with a childlike impression and a subtle gesture which highlights the features and perfect hair treatment.

The tapered shape of the silhouette helps the distribution of folds of the mantle was treated with a perfectionist in the carving of flat, sometimes sharp and blunt, others delicately morbid.

But the author of this work displays an unusual magnificence in polychrome and stuffs tissue, the latter focus on completely white robe with gold brocade and pure blue cloak of crimson lining the border that surrounds a large gold cartouches, whose struts in "C" shelter symbols of the Litany.

Sculpture linked to the Council of Lorca Oratory, built around 1769 by Jerome Martinez.

Due to geographical proximity and this Immaculate artistic Granada was likely the product of a private commission, also in view of similar and obvious example is another image, the Immaculate Conception Chapel House Guevara.

The photos belong to the ceremony.

Source: Ayto Lorca / Fotos: Mari H Llamas / Ayto Lorca

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