We have included in our WEB menu an access to our virtual store. For now there is nothing more for sale than Father Esteban’s book, 2nd Edition. Soon we will sell some souvenir of the College. From that menu you will have access to the store and the cart.

Fr. Esteban’s book entitled “COLEGIO DE Nª Sª DE LA ANTIGUA”

Therefore, if you want a copy of Fr. Esteban’s book entitled “COLEGIO DE Nª Sª DE LA ANTIGUA” you can BUY it through our store and we will send it to you shortly.

This option will be good for alumni and other people interested in our school, its history, its building … and who do not live in Monforte.


Valerio Cioli, also called Cigoli or Giogoli was born in Settignano (Italy) in 1529 and dies in Florence in 1599, a year before Cardinal Rodrigo de Castro) was an Italian sculptor of the Mannerist era.

His most famous work is the Fontana del Bacchino del Giardino di Boboli, near the entrance of the Piazza Pitti in Florence. It depicts a jester from the court of Cosme I de Médici, ironically called nano Morgante (by Morgante, the giant of Luigi Pulci’s poem), naked and sitting on a turtle like a drunken Bacchus. In the same garden there are two other works by Cioli in collaboration with Giovanni Simone Cioli: the Uomo che vanga (“man who digs”) and the Uomo che scarica il secchio in un tino (“man who empties the bucket in a tub) Also among other known pieces is the allegory of the sculpture nothing less than in Michelangelo’s tomb.

From this famous sculptor we have in our church in Monforte the Christ in marble that was given to Cardinal Rodrigo de Castro by Felipe Segundo. Today we bring this entry on our page to have photographed the signature of Cioli, on the purity cloth of Christ, four photos that give us a complete message: VALERIUS CIOLIS · F · MDVC That we can well understand as De Valerio Cioli. Made in 1595.


He was born around 1555 in the Italian city of Milan, in the province of Umbria. His parents were Alejandro Resta and Isabel Milach. He moved to Seville in 1585 with Cardinal Rodrigo de Castro.

As first documented works, he adds that unfortunately disappeared, you were hospitalized from Espírito Santo and Do Amor de Deus for those who were traced between 1587 and 1588, both of which were completed in 1602. They were expressly in charge of Cardinal Rodrigo de Castro, who was in charge of Hispanic archdiocese from 1582 to 1600.

He was appointed senior teacher of the Archbishopric of Seville in 1588. Between 1601 and 1603 he carried out some minor works and some commissions for the Alcazar and in 1603 he was appointed senior master of it.1 The role of this Milanese may have been to project only the facade of the church, since its composition, orders and decorative motifs of Italian progeny are clearly unmarked from the rest of the factory that follows the classical Mannerist conception. Its design does not correspond to the line that Ruiz, Tolosa or Monasterio followed. On the other hand, the acroteras and auction pyramids are surely designs added afterwards by the teachers who worked in the factory. The fact that he did not arrive in Monforte until the summer helps him as tracer of the facade of the church. of 1593, therefore exempt from controlling the collection of materials and the realization of the foundations, and thereafter remained 15 months, sufficient time to at least raise all the details of the facade, which is not known when it was finished , but it is known that it was before 1598, since at that time the facade of the College was finished off as it is exposed in the appraisal of Juan de Tolosa.

THE BOOK OF Fr. ESTEBAN NOW IN KINDLE VERSION, for sale for digital books.

2ª Edition EPUB

With the intention of disseminating the work of Fr. Este4ban Martínez and with the function of helping the Foundation’s projects, we have put the book of the 2nd edition of the History of the College of Nª Sª de la Antigua. We hope that many good readers will download their copy to know a little more about the history of this, which will soon be a new BIC building in Monforte de Lemos. We leave here the link to access this version.