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Culture restores the size of Our Father Jesus Nazareno of "Los Moraos" of Cehegín (04/04/2019)

The Ministry of Tourism and Culture has delivered today to the Parish of Our Lady of Conception and the Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus Nazareno ('The Moraes') of Cehegín of the restored carving of Our Father Jesus Nazareno, image attributed to the workshop of the Granada sculptor Nicolás Prados and dating from the second half of the twentieth century.

The Minister of Tourism and Culture, Miriam Guardiola, attended the event today with the parish priest Francisco Javier Gomez and the president of the brotherhood, Francisco Javier Zarco, and indicated that "throughout the year, from the Ministry and the Center for Restoration works with the brotherhoods of the entire Region of Murcia to care for and maintain our religious heritage in the best conditions, a coordination work that is intensified in the face of Holy Week with the aim that the carvings that go out in procession shine in all their splendor and be ambassadors of the art and culture of the Region, possessing a recognized tradition in imagery ".

Our Father Jesus Nazareno is the titular image of the Brotherhood Our Father Jesus Nazareno, well-known like "The Moraes de Cehegín", founded on the year 1740 but that has its origin, under the name of Brotherhood of Our Lady of the Conception, in the last quarter of the sixteenth century.

Procession every morning of Good Friday through the streets of the municipality, "and this year, in just a few days, the cehegineros and all those who come to live their Holy Week will be able to admire the carving of Jesus Nazareno with its original polychrome, earthy tones that remained hidden by a later repaint but that, fortunately, they have been able to recover thanks to the meticulous work carried out by the technicians ".

After depositing in the Center of Restoration, "center pointer and of national reference", the size was submitted in the first place to a complete study to determine its status, being verified different damages derived from its processional use and others attributable to the passage of time, as the punctual loss of layers both in the body and on the base and the weak fixation of the mobile elements (hands and arms), also presenting repaints and oxidized varnishes in all the polychrome areas.

At the beginning of the physical-chemical cleaning phase, the technicians of the center discovered that the original polychromy of the work remained hidden, after a later repolicromy of greenish color, that it has been possible to recover when it is in perfect condition.

This complex cleaning process was followed by the sealing of small fissures and cracks, the reconstruction of the preparation layer, and the differentiated chromatic reintegration of strata.

It ended with the replacement of all the elements of fixation of shoulders and elbows and with the protective varnish that will help to maintain the size in the best conditions.

It will also help to maintain the replacement of the metal crown of thorns (whose fixation damaged the sculpture) by a wooden one with hardly any weight.

Source: CARM

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