Jesus Urrea: “The public interest in these exhibitions feels content and quality”

Jesus Urrea: “The public interest in these exhibitions feels content and quality”

Written in: Feb 19, 2015

In the Exhibition Hall of the Church of the French Valladolid can be visited until 1 sample March "Teresa and Valladolid. The Holy, Order and Convent ". This exhibition held on the occasion of V Centenary of the birth of St. Teresa meets in an exceptional occasion nearly fifty works from museums, convents and churches. As part of the same, we interviewed curator, Jesus Urrea, about recreation and pieces that make up this tribute to the Holy.

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Most of the pieces on display come from the Discalced Carmelites of Valladolid and is about works that had never or almost never left closing. What kind of parts we are talking? What do you consider of vital relevance to review the imprint of St. Teresa of Jesus in the city of Valladolid?

A total of 40 works on exhibit, 25 come from the convent of the Concepción del Carmen de Valladolid (MM. Discalced Carmelites). They include works of painting, sculpture, gold and engraved covering the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. There has also been a reconstruction (with plans and drawings) the ephemeral temple which was built in 1614 to celebrate the beatification of Teresa of Jesus.

Highlights include sculptures of great value as the sizes of Gregorio Fernández. What else would you highlight works by historical and artistic value?

Among the works of the sixteenth century, Crucifix Alejo highlight of Vahía, a Pietà by Luis de Morales, a Holy Family of Bagnacavallo. In the seventeenth century belongs the reliquary Wardrobe, with paintings by Diego Valentín Díaz, three Neapolitan sculptures, 6 Flemish paintings on copper authors like Francken, Simon de Vos. Seventeenth century are two Carmelite saints sculptor Francisco Sierra, a magnificent custody Goldsmith López Palomino, etc.

What reflect the mystic Teresa and which to the human Teresa?

Mysticism is reflected by a canvas Diego Valentín Díaz that represents as a writer inspired by the Holy Spirit at the time of the transverberación; and two sculptures by Gregorio Fernández, to represent its corporeality, his human image.

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The exhibition is divided into 3 sections. Could you talk briefly about each of them?

The section is filled by the Holy pieces that reflect your image, physical, its mystic and ascetic aspects, their status as a writer and veneration that caused the recognition of his holiness.

The devoted to the Carmelite Order extends from the evocation of Sant'Elia, through development of the friars shoes by figures like Santa Magdalena de Pazzi and St. Albert of Sicily, until reaching reform descalcez starring Santa and John of the Cross.

The chapter devoted to his vallisoletana foundation tries to summarize the artistic value of their content, the attention of their employers, protecting the nobility in the acquisition of artworks and concern of religious community itself to preserve the inheritance throughout the centuries.

Just two weeks of the end of the sample, already over 5.000 people have visited. How do you rate this information? What would you say to those who have not yet done so do not miss this unique opportunity to celebrate the V Centenario?

Data expressed interest felt by the public for this type of exposures and quality content. Encourage the opportunity to see works of difficult access were not lost, because they were usually reserved for closures, now embedded within an argument caused by the celebration of V centenary of the birth of Saint Teresa.

Last, as historian, in the process of realization of the sample. What pieces are you surprised to discover?

Has not been addressed both to make personal discoveries and make discover the curious and interested audience immaterial wealth (for being in the service of religion and society) that the Church offers Culture benefit of all.