Introducing the Table of San Roque de Hernando de Esturmio
Mayor greets Archbishop of Sevilla Sevilla Juan José Asenjo in the presence of Santiago León, representative of the Maestranza, during his visit to the exhibition on the restoration of the painting of San Roque.
The proposed restoration table of Hernando de San Roque Esturmio, which was inserted into one of the walls of the Church of the Convent of Santa Clara, not due to a specific action. Since we arrived the Government of Sevilla we had a clear awareness that was priority attention to the preservation of our heritage, not only itself but also the cultural heritage of the Church. There is a personal awareness, is also a conviction of my government team and the proof has been the will that we have shown to promote the restoration of the Church of Santa Catalina. In this particular case, such action was included in the "Patrimonium Sevillian" project, which aims to study, conserve, restore and disseminate property municipally owned or linked to municipal buildings.
Therefore, in parallel with the work we have driven restoring parts of the Convento de Santa Clara, such as high refectory which is undertaking at the moment, we are particularly happy to have also undertaken the restoration of one of the most unique personal property and that, for conservation reasons, needed urgent intervention.
I think we've arrived on time, diagnostics technicians Andalusian Institute of Historical Heritage (IAPH) studies were quite eloquent to check the degree of deterioration of the support, the losses of pictorial layer, the old repainting and, especially, moisture and water damage, which had ended up destroying parts of the table. The restoration process has been exemplary and just see how we found it when he was in the Priestly House in Santa Clara, right next door, and the end result, thanks to the tenacity of technical and restaurateurs who have contributed to her and politics that has driven the Delegate of Culture and his team.
For this reason I want to express my gratitude to Lieutenant Brother of the Royal Cavalry, Don Javier Benjumea, for their sensitivity and generosity, having contributed by the Institute of Culture and Arts of Seville (ICAS) in restoring the work, and the staff of IAPH, who has spent nearly a year working for restoration.
We carried out a necessary work, in addition to that already we began with the restoration of the triptych of the Master of Begging the City, in a determined plan of action on tables sixteenth century undertaken since the Cultural Office of the City of Sevilla .
Here we return to the scientific community and the general public a little-known of our Renaissance which is testament to the splendor of the devotional painting and landscape, as one of the most striking consequences is having recovered parts of it that were hidden or it was impossible to perceive the nature and vegetation are discovered by the San Roque.
This would not have been possible without the zeal and love for the heritage that show everyday professionals who see the union between the institutions and the combined efforts have only one result: the public benefit. Therefore this new contribution is welcome, which greatly enriched the heritage Seville recovered.
Speaking of recovery, also visitors who come during this month the convent of Santa Clara to see the table of San Roque will have access to areas that have restored and refurbished to visit the Tower of Don Fadrique. A unique opportunity for citizens to take cultural spaces and endorse. Here we demonstrate the commitment that I have always been mindful of providing every effort to return to the Convent of Santa Clara splendor and the role it always had, going from worship space to space culture, and recognized by all Seville thanks to efforts are made daily from the Department of Culture placing on the national scene of exposures reference.