The facade of the Passion of the Sagrada Família as never seen
Visitors who come these days to the Sagrada Família may see a new part of the Expiatory Temple. It is the sculptural group of the Resurrection, located on the facade of the Passion, formed by the three Marys and the Angel.
Of course, you can see the new sculptures from the street only “for a few days” because on Thursday the platform that covered the summit was removed and is scheduled to be put back to finish the final work. “On Monday the network that will embrace the columns to work the lower part “.
The same sources add that the sculptural group “yes that is finalized, but the summit can not be finished until the month of July.”
Today we retired the platform that hi had to the summit. During few days, from the square of Sagrada Família, you can contemplate the sculptural set of the Resurrection, located of the facade of the Passion.
The group is formed by Mary Magdalene, Mary Cleophas, Mary Salome and the Angel, announcing the resurrection of Christ in the Holy Sepulcher. The sculptor and architect Francesc Fajula has been commissioned to build the four stone sculptures, about three meters high and weighing more than ten tons in total.
In this place, on the terrace, between the portico and the central window of the facade, there is also the quarry of the empty tomb that Gaudí projected to represent the abandoned quarry in which the tomb of Jesus Christ was excavated. In addition, in this area, full of symbolism, there is an orchard with Mediterranean vegetation.
The Sagrada Família shows a façade of the Passion that has never been seen while the temple construction works continue. Gaudí’s masterpiece began to be erected in 1882 and it is expected that the six central towers of the monument will be finished in 2022.
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What is special controversial paintings of Sijena?
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Pieces of art of great pictorial importance have been the protagonists in recent weeks in a dispute over ownership of the same between Aragon and Catalonia and culminating in a trial that started this week. The judge will determine the final ownership of some paintings that carry more than 70 years in Barcelona whose origin is in the Monastery of Sijena, a small village in the province of Huesca.
The works of Byzantine influence, are an important iconographic significance. “They are the masterpiece of Spanish style painting 1200, an advanced period is between the end of the Romanesque and early Gothic art,” says Jordi Camps, head curator of Medieval Art National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), where these frescoes are exposed today.
Fall of Man and Sin
The frescoes were located in the arches of the monastery, explained the Old Testament, with the representation of man’s fall and sin. On the inside you can see very accurate of the ancestors of Christ as “a link between the old and new testament” portraits, Camps said, recalling that there is a tendency of this medieval art movement to the “individualization of the characters “where the drama is the protagonist.
Due to the fire that devastated the religious building in August 1936, during the Civil War, most of wall paintings were lost, although it has been partially preserved wall on the south side, where the flagellation of Christ is represented, His crucifixion and resurrection of the same. Also noteworthy is the presence of animals and monsters in different fresh. “They act as margins of manuscript illumination and no links with the English model that prevailed at that time”
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Santi Moix painting 1
Santi Moix, the Catalan painter born in Barcelona in 1960, has spent many summers in Saurí (Pallars Sobirà), so when the villagers, during the festival, asked him if he would intervene Romanesque church, he said yes. Although he did not think that things come to port. But it came. Thus, the New York based artist got down to work. The immediate goal: to marry contemporary art with a church of the twelfth century to recover. The long-term objective “intervene ancient churches in the area that take years to reopen closed and create a route to attract public” he says.
When started thinking about the project, had very clear that wanted to work full of “color and energy ‘as far as possible from the” darkness and sadness “that sometimes evoke these places. And an intervention that would allow parishioners “feel good, let go and seek his inner world without imposing images.” In short, “a decoration full of flowers and nature that made reference to the environment where it is located.” The result Moix defined as “a cave of colors” and as “a church that is a garden”. All sprinkled with texts by J. V. Foix and Cavafy.
Santi Moix painting 2
First he thought of projecting images and grow fungi to draw space. But the Centre de Restauració Bens Mobles de Catalunya suggested to paint al fresco. “The technique of techniques” that Moix had never used but now passionately defends “A very sophisticated technique that allows great freedom gesture that puts you in your place: the correction is not possible.”
The suggestion fresco painting was the only one received. For the rest he has had complete freedom, both by locals as the Bishop of Urgell. “I told them I would not make saints or virgins, but nature and light. And they were very receptive “he says.
Santi Moix painting 3
Although there are some religious reference as the four evangelists and feet of Christ. For the last stage of the project, when there is funding left the representation of the resurrection: “A large flower in the apse in layers of petals made from porcelain and ceramic scatter light and color. Something very complicated technically, “he explains.
For now, he made like and attracts curious. “Every day I receive visits and I have to convince to return to the last minute. Since the walls make me time. ” And the cool does not support or corrections or delays.
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