Thursday, February 22

The eight pieces of the diocese of Coria-Cáceres that will be shown in The Ages of Man in Plasencia

A moment of the presentation of Transitus this morning at the House of the Church of Cáceres. / ARMANDO MENDEZ

In the XXVI edition of the sacred exhibition, outstanding pieces of the religious heritage of Extremadura will be exhibited

Among the 180 works that will be shown in The Ages of Man in Plasencia, eight belong to the diocese of Coria-Cáceres. Because the XXVI edition of the sacred exhibition of Castilla y León, which arrives for the first time in Extremadura and can be seen between May and December in the Cathedral of Placentina, will be an opportunity to publicize the religious heritage of the region. In fact, it is about putting “the religious heritage of Extremadura at the service of evangelization”, summarized Jesús Pulido Arriero, bishop of Coria-Cáceres, in the presentation of the pieces this morning at the Casa de la Iglesia in the capital of Cáceres together with José Enrique Martín Lozano, general secretary of the Foundation The Ages of Man; Florencio García Mogollón, episcopal heritage delegate of the Extremaduran diocese, and Jesús Barros, communication director of the foundation.

Among the eight pieces that will be loaned for the exhibition of The Ages of Man, three are in the Cathedral of Coria: an image of Saint Joseph with the baby Jesus, from the 18th century, located in the Main Altarpiece, whose author is Alejandro Carnicero; an image of Christ by Lucas Mitata from the 16th century, which forms part of a Calvary that is venerated in the chapel of San Pedro de Alcántara; and an image of San Pedro Alcántara, owner of his chapel in the Cáuriense seo, commissioned by the Cathedral Chapter in 1676. The saint is patron saint of the diocese of Coria-Cáceres and co-patron saint of Extremadura. It is a carving from the 17th century, the work of Bernardo Pérez de Robles from Salamanca, before which, precisely, the new bishop of Coria-Cáceres made his profession of faith and oath of fidelity on Friday, February 18.

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Likewise, a large painting of the flight to Egypt from the 16th century from the parish of Santa María de Garrovillas has been donated and which appeared in 2008 behind another painting from the 18th century. The painting was restored in 2010 and now expressly for this exhibition by the Foundation The Ages of Man. It is a work probably by Francisco de Hermosa.

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As for the relationship with the discovery of America, two works, specifically a painting of Cristo de la Encina, located in the chapel under the tower with the same name, from the 18th century, in the parish of San Mateo de Cáceres and a sculptural group of Cristo de la Encina, from the hermitage of the Virgen del Encinar de Ceclavín. An anonymous piece from the 15th century that is very original since it represents Christ coming out of the oak to the surprise of an indigenous woodcutter.

Regarding the Christ Tied to the column, the Good Jesus that appears together with two angels, from the parish of Brozas, attributed to Francisco Giralte, a disciple of Alonso Berruguete, was a gift from Fray Marcelo de Nebrija, commander of the Order of Alcántara.

Finally, God the Father of the parish of Herrera de Alcántara. A trinity, in the same piece are represented, the trinitarian figures. An image similar to the Virgin of Navelonga in Cilleros.

Jesús Barros recalled that visiting the exhibition of The Ages of Man will be a full experience, because it will be enjoyed “with sight, smell and even touch and hearing, with a soundtrack composed for the occasion”, and that It can be followed in Spanish and English in favor of the three pillars on which the exhibition has always been developed since its inception back in 1988 in Valladolid: research, dissemination and conservation.

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