The work of restoration and conservation of the altarpiece of Santo Cristo is completed. It is an anonymous altarpiece of carved, stuccoed, gilded and polychrome wood, from the first third of the 17th century in a classicist/mannerist style, whose image is made in marble by Valerio Cioli (1529-1599).

The state of conservation that it presented is not good, as stated in the project carried out by the restoration company TAU in charge of its restoration. Losses of matter originated by attacks of xylophagous insects can be seen on the support; misalignments of pieces and anachronistic additions such as a luminaire inside the niche, a modern altar front and the dimensional modification of the altar table and the stands.

As regards polychromy, it presented generalized blackening over the entire surface and a large number of wax drips, especially in the lower parts.

The sculpture, at the support level, was also covered in a layer of superficial dirt, and stains that darkened the marble. In addition, it presents breaks with displacements of the left pulse and arms, as well as the lack of two fingers of the right hand.

After the removal of the current front, it has been possible to confirm the existence of the original front. Its typology responds to the format of fronts that imitate fabrics with repeating floral decorations, all closed with a decorative frame, in this case with marbling in greenish tones. Part of the lower frame is hidden under a current pine wood flooring.

The main objective of the conservation and restoration works is none other than the protection and consolidation of the strata in danger of detachment; structural reinforcement treatment; disinsection; mechanical and chemical cleaning; sealing of cracks, holes and joints; and volumetric reintegration of the support.

A revision of the anchorages of the Christ and the cross was also carried out by means of an endoscopic camera due to the scarce separation of the bottom of the niche and the wall. After the revision, it has been possible to verify a slight unevenness of the cross forward that does not allow the arms to be brought to their original position, in addition to appreciating small loose elements on the wall just at the height of the anchors.

Although in principle it does not seem to present much instability, this area and the leveling of the withers will be further reviewed, requiring a partial disassembly of the rear part to reinforce the fastening points.

The original dimensions will also be returned to both the altar table and the stands.


From the Chapel of Nª Sª de los Dolores:

The predella of the altarpiece of the Virgen de los Dolores was painted with a thick layer of brown paint applied at the time to integrate the whole with the wooden step that rests on the altar. When the restoration work began, it was possible to verify that this repainting was on the original polychromy that shows the rest of the niche. Therefore, the decision was made to remove the overpainting to recover the ocher marbling that the predella originally had. Using a combination of solvent gels and in some cases removing the brown paint at the point of a scalpel, the desired result has been achieved. What we can see in the following images:


Next Friday, November 18, at the headquarters of the Royal College of Nª Sª de la Antigua and at 5:00 p.m. the acts of the Celebration of Heritage Day will begin, which this year the Council of Galician Culture will celebrate in our center with the following program:

Friday, November 18,

5:00 p.m. Presentation

5:30 p.m. Round table: The College of Our Lady of Antigua. Example of heritage education. Moderator: Mª Xosé Porteiro, , Vicevaledora do Pobo

5:30 p.m. Documentary study for the declaration as BIC of the Colegio de Nuestra Señora de la Antigua. Led by Luísa Serrano, architect, Mª Dolores Lago, historian and restorer.

6:15 p.m. Social participation in the declaration process as a BIC. Study of the social value of the Cardenal building and the heritage education project of the school. Given by Mª del Mar Bóveda, educator and researcher at USC (GI-RODA). Specialist in heritage education and in the enhancement of cultural heritage

6:45 p.m. The execution of the heritage education project in the center. Given by Pablo Blanco, director of the Colegio Padres Escolapios (Monforte), and students of the center

7:15 p.m. Debate

Saturday, November 19

10:00 a.m. The history of the building of Nosa Señora da Antiga. By Fr. Francisco Javier Agudo, Manager of the Colegio de Nuestra Señora de la Antigua Foundation and head of the Real Colegio PP. Piarists.

10:45 Recent rehabilitation projects; In charge of Manuel Freire, architect, director of the rehabilitation works of the building

11:30 a.m. Institutional visit to the building and art gallery, guided by students from ESO do school.

12:30 pm Institutional visit to the rehabilitation works, directed by the architect director of the works, the manager of the Colegio de Nuestra Señora de la Antigua Foundation and the director of the Real Colegio PP. Piarists.

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