The Colnaghi Foundation invites you to join a project to conserve and restore the stunning "Cristo de la Caridad" altarpiece in the 17th century Hospital de la Caridad in Seville. Although a small amount of restoration was done a few years ago, most of the altarpiece is in urgent need of attention, and the Brothers who run the Hospital have asked for our help. Thanks to your contributions, specialists will be able to repair the wood, paint layers and gilding, conserving this beautiful work of art for future generations.
The altarpiece was produced in 1673 by Bernardo Simón de Pineda (who made the framework) and Pedro Roldán who carved the sculptures. It is 4.83 m. high (nearly 16 ft.) and 2.91 m wide (nearly 9 ft. 7 in.) For more details about the history of this altarpiece see the box below.
We need to raise GBP 17,419 in two months to enable the restoration to be completed before the work deteriorates any further.
HISTORY OF THE ALTARPIECE
The Hospital de la Caridad is an alms house founded by the brotherhood of the Santa Caridad in 1663 to care for the poor and sick.
In 1670 an artistic committee appointed by the brotherhood named the sculptor Simón de Pineda to produce the main altarpiece for its new church. Between 1670 and 1674 Simón produced not only this but the other side altars for the church, including the one of the Cristo de la Caridad being restored today.
The speed of its execution was thanks not only to the mastery of Pineda but also to the financing of these altars thanks to the efforts of Miguel Mañara.
The altarpiece contains the extraordinary kneeling Christ moments before his crucifixion. His wounded and blooded body show great pathos as does his upturned face imploring us to have compassion for his pain - a unique image of Baroque expressivity. The iconography of this image was suggested by Miguel Mañara himself, who in the constitution of La Caridad indicated that he commissioned this sculpture from Pedro Roldán because he had a vision of the trance into which the Redeemer fell at the start of his Passion.
The conservation and restoration work will last for a period of 2 months. A team of three specialist restorers of gilded and polychromed sculpture will work on it with the support of a team of chemists, an art historian and a draughtsman.
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* Important: If we do not reach our goal in the period stipulated, your credit or debit card will not be charged.
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