These days the bidding process for some works that mainly involve an intervention in the vault of the presbytery of the Church of Nª Sª de la Antigua is ending. The aim is to secure one of the stones that make up this vault, which has been visibly lowered since the Lisbon earthquake, which occurred on November 1, 1755.
This earthquake also produced a movement in the final arch behind the altarpiece where another stone, the keystone of said arch, must be restored.
The intervention will also affect the passage between the two cloisters that will be remodeled.
Jean Boulogne (Douai, 1529 – Florence 1608), known in Italy as Giovanni da Bologna or Giambologna for short, and in Spain as Juan de Bolonia, was a Flemish sculptor who worked in Italy at the end of the Renaissance.
He was the author of several of the most famous sculptures, in marble and bronze, on mythological themes. He also occupies a key position in the history of European sculpture, as a bridge between Michelangelo’s Renaissance and Bernini’s Baroque.
At the Colegio de Nª Sª de la Antigua we have one of his most magnificent works. It is the praying statue of Cardinal Rodrigo de Castro, funerary bronze. In Spain there are only two works by Juan de Bolonia, one ours, the other the equestrian statue of Felipe III, well known and located in the Plaza Mayor of Madrid
At the end of last year, a magnificent model of the school building was donated by the family of Mr. José Luis Iglesias Fernández, a former student of our school. This model does not respond to the reality of the building, but to the initial project of Cardinal Rodrigo de Castro, that is, a building with four cloisters.
This model is dated by a plaque between 1990 and 1991, years between which José Luis Iglesias carried out this precious work that measures 1 meter in width, weighs around fifty kilos and responds to a ratio of 1/100.
FCNSdlA sincerely appreciates the gesture of the author’s family. After the previous preventive disinsection treatment, it will be placed in a suitable place to be contemplated by those who visit us seeking to learn more about the legacy of Cardinal Rodrigo de Castro.