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Thursday, 15 March 2007
De Vinci Code a missed Chapter file
Topic: Religious Art

Amazing finding by experts while restoring a church, De Vinci Code Chapter missed Chapter file

It is no novelty that Argentina’s early 20th century architecture is amongst the world’s most interesting ones, not only because of its beauty and mastership, but mainly because the southern argentine location, far from the aesthetic dogma of the Old Continent, offered a place in which ingenious artists managed to add new and significant meaning to the Scholar lines.

The Historical Church of San Francisco, located at the intersection of Alsina st. and Defensa st. is among the most important religious temples of our city. It was built back in 1908 by an artist known as Voegele, of whom we knew very little till yesterday.

The basilica’s sculptural center group is undergoing a restoration process carried on by local art experts. And yesterday, what seemed to be a regular day of work turned out to be a day of new knowledge and amazing findings.

Until the moment of this discovery, the only thing we knew about the church’s sculptures was the name of the artists, now we know that he crafted the figures of St Francis, Christopher Columbus, el Giotto and Dante. Voegele arrived to Buenos Aires when he was only 22 years old, back in 1882, and left a valuable legacy…

The finding of the new information took place when a 29 year old restorer, Hernan Arduca, was working on the Dante’s head and realized that the sculpture was whole, and inside was a little treasure, a wink the artist had left for the generations to come...

The treasure found was a glass jar, inside of which was a tin tea box tided with a couple of strings, the content of the box was a handwritten letter addressed “to whom may find this writings”, four copper cent coins from 1880-90 argentine currency, a couple of pages of La Prensa form August 2nd 1908, as well as a newspaper from Innsbruck, the artist’s hometown, dated on July 7th 1908.

The letter detailed the costs, materials and names of the architects who participated in the assembling of the sculpture, and closed with a prayer like salute “hoping that God and St Francis protect this work and give it a long existence”.

The practice of hiding messages within their works of art was part of a long tradition among the artists of the world. From the Cusqueña school artists who included mythological Inca gods in Religious Catholic paintings onwards, the artists have always managed to say a little more in their works, that what’s immediately evident.

The restorers, after giving the matter some thought have come to an agreement, and in two weeks when the restoration is completed, they will follow upon the tradition and leave another legacy inside the head, featuring costs of the work, personal information on the restorers and some kind of personal artifact that will remain inside until next restoration…

This work is part of the program of the National Direction of Architecture to restore and revitalize the value of the convent’s facades. Since the hard work is paying off, we hope this will be the beginning of better cared historical buildings as well as the first of many amazing findings.

                     
Link to Photo Album Saint Francis of Assisi, found in Argentina

 


Interested in Religious Art? Press here to Religious Art:For there wasn¿t just a one way influence in this sort of art, especially if we take into consideration a very important fact, that being that the great majority of Colonial artists were local aborigines from the great convents of the area. Syncretism is the key word here. If looked at carefully, Colonial religious art might on the surface be similar to European baroque or renaissance, but from a closer approach there¿s a great number of details such as the local scene, animals, physical stereotype, etc, that emerge from the so called European imposed technique.

Link to Photo Album Religious Painting of South America & Argentina


     
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