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San José de Salzillo de Lorquí will be exhibited at the Museo Salzillo with other works by the sculptor from Murcia (18/05/2017)

On the occasion of the Day of Museums, which is celebrated today May 18, the Salzillo Museum of Murcia welcomes for the first time and incorporates in an extraordinary way to its sample and catalog the sculpture of Saint Joseph and the Child from the Parish of Santiago Apóstol Of Lorquí.

The piece is part of the salzillesque set of three sculptures, together with the Virgin Dolorosa and Our Father Jesus Nazareno, the only one preserved by the author in the Region, who, due to their exceptionality, deserved the declaration of Cultural Interest in 2011 and by the That the municipality was integrated in the so-called 'Cities of Salzillo'.

The event took place in the Sketches Room of the Museum, where the work will remain for its visit from May 18 to December 10, and was presided over by the president of the Executive Commission of the Salzillo Museum, Antonio Gómez Fayrén;

The director of the Museum, Maria Teresa Marín;

The mayor of Lorquí, Joaquín Hernández;

The parish priest of Santiago Apóstol, Felipe Tomás, and the curator of the exhibition, Emilio Marco.

The josefina image that will be exhibited in the Museum brings together some of the essential characteristics of the sculptor: from the academic size, so much of Francisco Salzillo's taste, the exquisiteness of the polychrome and the estofa, passing through the search of the movement with a slight contrast And an exceptional treatment of anatomy, hair and cloths.

The piece of the Infant Jesus, with independent sculptural entity, is one of the most delicious and perfect of all that Salzillo carved of this subject and brings us to that taste by what often own of the rococó that so much cultivated.

The work was guarded during the Civil War in the former Provincial Museum, present Museum of Fine Arts of Murcia, and the sculptural ensemble was magnificently restored in the Historical Heritage Institute of Madrid.

To contemplate in this frame of the Salzillo Museum and of extraordinary form the image of San Jose will allow to establish similarities with other works of the sculptor here lodged, as it is the case of the face of Jesus of the Last Supper or the treatment of the volumes in the mantle of San John who find in the holy patriarch of Lorquí a remarkable echo.

This is a unique opportunity to contemplate the magnificent work of Maestro Salzillo in an environment like the one offered by the Museum and surrounded by the largest and best representation of the work of the sculptor Murcia, both for visitors and for those Murcia who want to discover and learn more About the iconic artist.

The show is the result of the joint work and collaboration between the Santiago Apostle Parish, the Salzilllo Museum and the Lorquí City Council in recent months, which was already the presentation of the ilorcitan Holy Week poster, starring the Salzillo Nazarene, unique In the Region of Murcia, in the Church of Jesus and that will add new initiatives and projects throughout this year.

The president of the Brotherhood and Museum said that "we are very happy to continue with the program of collaboration that we have established with the City Council and the parish of Santiago de Lorquí, to be exhibiting at the Salzillo Museum the works of Salzillo that are treasured there, And that began with the loan last March of the sumptuary garments of the Dolorosa and Our Father Jesus. "

For her part, the director said that "it is a luxury to be able to exhibit within the framework of the Sketches Room of the Museum a work of first entity as is the group of San José and the Child that realized Francisco Salzillo for Lorquí around 1760. Everything is the result of the collaboration and generosity of Lorquí so that the many visitors who come to the Museum can contemplate this great work, for which we are very grateful. "

The pastor noted that he is very happy that visitors to the museum can approach the figure of St. Joseph through this work of Salzillo, although he acknowledges that he lives with some sadness his absence in the parish.

The Mayor thanked the great reception that, once again, the Salzillo Museum has given the people of Lorquí and has highlighted the importance of this type of twinning between institutions that have both so valuable in common.

"For our people, the images of Salzillo are a very important value, both religiously and artistically, heritage and tourism, and it is an immense joy for us to bring to this Museum the legacy that Lorquí has ​​of the master sculptor, in this case Through the magnificent piece of San José and El Niño, to be seen by the many visitors who come to the Museum.

"For many years we have been working steadily for the study and dissemination of the heritage that Lorquí treasures. We can contemplate the sculpture of San José that Salzillo carved for Lorquí in an exceptional setting such as the Salzillo Museum offers us the possibility of contemplating First hand the highest quality of the master also in works destined to smaller places.With the exhibition it is also intended to continue to put into value the exceptional eighteenth-century ensemble that Lorquí has ​​managed to preserve ", as emphasized by the curator of the exhibition.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorquí

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