Two pieces of the FCNSdlA FOUNDATION at the exhibition “GALICIA a world story”

Yesterday, November 14, the exhibition entitled “Galicia a world story” was inaugurated in which two pieces of our Foundation are exhibited. The inauguration was carried out by the Commissioner of the Exhibition D. Manuel Gago and finished off the interventions D. Alberto Núñez Feijoo.

The two programmed pieces are Sta Catalina one of the five works of Andrea del Sarto that are exhibited in our gallery and the Final Judgment of Giovani Bernardino Azzolino.

Witness and present at the opening of the exhibition I attached some photos of the installation of our works.


On the occasion of the next exhibition at the Gaias Museum in Santiago de Compostela, “Galicia, a non-world story”, two of the paintings in our collection come out to be part of this exhibition.

Last week they were picked up and packed for transport to Santiago de Compostela.

The exhibition that under the name of “Galicia, a non-world story” aims to warm up engines for the events of Xacobeo 2021.

The selected works have been Sta Catalina by Andrea del Sarto and The Last Judgment by Giovani Bernardino Azzolino

Van der Goes’s copy of the Adoration of the Magi, which had been programmed initially was subsequently discarded for size and technical reasons.

We wish great success to the show.


Tolosa, Juan de. Salamanca, 1548 – Monforte de Lemos (Lugo), 1598. Jesuit (SI), rigger, architect.
He had an artisan bonding in his family, finding himself related (Gutiérrez de Ceballos does not dare to specify if they were father and son or even brothers) with the rigger of the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Pedro de Tolosa, a teacher who introduced the influence of that Filipino work in the architectural style of the Valladolid area.

Juan could have worked with him, even before his entry into the Society of Jesus, in the city of Salamanca, in November 1572. He should not be the only member of his family who entered this religious institute, having followed him his brother Esteban, nineteen years younger than him. However, his first job as a Jesuit was that of a cook, to be linked a little later to that of carpenter and assembler.

He works in Monforte instead of Andrés Ruiz, who was absent from the factory repeatedly (probably due to the completion of the Lugo Seminary), named Jesuit Tolosa in 1593, master teacher of the works of the College. Tolosa will be the one who transforms the idea into matter from 1593, directing a large number of construction and stonework teachers. Although Ruiz returns to the factory and signs the traces of the annexes to the facade in June 1594 at the request of the Cardinal, who was from July to November of that same year in Monforte de Lemos, exactly this was not carried out but instead they modified the additions based on a new trace that responds to the Universal Trace that Tolosa will propose to the Cardinal, and that will lead to modifying the entire planimetric system to bring new meaning and symbolism to the College.
That there was a radical change between what was initially projected by Ruiz and what Tolosa materialized, is evident in the “Appraisal of the work and clauses for the continuation of the Monforte de Lemos College” that Tolosa himself performs in 1598, in which he says : “The trace in which they were finished was not saved, but everything should be removed and returned to another form.” Both what has been done so far and what has yet to be done have been modified, and this will be broken down throughout the work.
The plague arrived in Monforte in 1599, greatly reducing both the operators’ companies and the religious community, Tolosa being one of its victims.


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.

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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.


In 1594 Cardinal Rodrigo de Castro decided to expand the original traces of the school with two extensions on both sides of the facade next to the corner towers. For this, two great Renaissance architects of one Spanish, the Jesuit Andrés Ruiz and another Italian Veremondo Resta, will be present in Monforte, coinciding in the city of Lemos with the Cardinal.

College of the Cardinal with the extensions in its extremes demanded by the Cardinal

This year, the Cardinal decides to undertake a trip to Galicia to meet the Jubilee and, at the same time, solve different issues concerning the foundation and the work that is being done in his great work. On May 22, part of the Hispanic city with direction to Madrid, among its companions is the architect Vermundo Resta. Once in this city the signing of the deed of the foundation takes place, dated June 11. It may be strange, but the implementation of the works precedes the confirmation of the foundation. At the beginning of July 1594 he resumed his trip to Galicia. Previously, the Milanese architect has had to leave for Monforte because on June 11 he attends the work by order of the Cardinal.

College of the Cardinal without the extensions in its extremes required by the Cardinal

This same year there is evidence of the presence of Jesuit Andrés Ruiz in Monforte once again serving as a senior teacher and “wearing the work. This teacher in the company of Vermundo Resta and, possibly, at the request of D. Rodrigo, still in Madrid, add two “quarters parts” to the original traceto go close to the towers of the main facade, by order of the Cardinal. The contract for this work is made on June 11 with the stonework teachers Pedro de Marlote and Juan de la Sierra.



In the light of the work entitled: “The town of Monforte in the light of the Cadastre of Ensenada (Part I)” An example of capital of a stately state “” by Rosa Mª Guntiñas Rodríguez, and specifically, in relation to the College of the Cardinal news of the first documents dating from January 1592 and refer to five sales of land (vineyards, orchards, “leiras” or farms) of individuals (a silversmith, a tailor of the “Arrabal” and a neighbor of “Remberde”) “) And of some houses of Francisco Díaz and Francisco Rodríguez, which had brought them up the monastery of S. Vicente del Pino but that” the Count of Lemos (…) on behalf of said Mr. Cardinal asked us to sell him and monastery has agreed to build a College of the Society of Jesus (…) on the bridge of S. Lázaro (…) where grammar is going to be read ”.

Documents that highlight, once again, that the monastery of S. Vicente del Pino would have facilitated, as it will do in the case of the Convent of the Poor Clares, the construction of the College. Purchases that are complemented in February 1593 with a donation of land by the Council so that the College “had on the facade and in front of the square” 190, the College “whose dedication has to be (…) Our Madame de la Antigua ”191 which seems to contradict the provisions of the 1741 County Relationship.

The promotion of the course 1966-1967 met in August, in Monforte to remember old times ….

Former students of the Scolapios, on the fiftieth anniversary of their promotion.

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the promotion of the 1966-1967 academic year, a group of alumni from the Scolapios of that generation met again yesterday. In total, about forty former high school students attended the meeting.

The program began at 11 a.m. with a guided tour of Cardinal’s College. At twelve o’clock the attendees moved to the Abadía da Cova winery in Saviñao. After tasting a wine they returned to Monforte, where they had their meal scheduled at three in the afternoon at the Hotel Cardinal.

The idea came from Benxamín Macía and Jesús Ovidio Pérez Reñones, the promoters of this meeting. “Ten years ago we came up with the idea of ​​seeing each other. It had been forty years since I knew about you two others, so I decided to try to locate them all, although it was difficult. In 2007 we held the first meeting, ”explains Benxamín Macía.