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The 44 goods of Sijena of discord

Tombs, paintings and reliefs of alabaster are the assets of the Lleida museum that claims Aragon to Catalonia and that via the 155 can return to Huesca

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The 44 goods of Sijena of discord

The Minister of Education culture and Sport Íñigo Méndez Vigo responded yesterday to request made by judge of instruction of Huesca to comply with execution of sentence of 2015 which obliges to return 97 goods of Sijena preserved in Catalonia from From monastery of Sijena. In July 2016, 51 objects were returned in National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC) and now it is requested to return 44 that is held at Lleida Museum. The objects that are claimed are in Lleida since 1970, when nuns of Sijena moved to a new convent in Valldoreix (Barcelona), which before segregation had belonged to Diocese of Lleida. At that time y deposited many of pieces of art that were taken from monastery that was falling apart (which is why y abandoned it) in several centers: 44 pieces in Museum of Lleida. On April 21, 1983, Generalitat acquired m for a price of 10 million pesetas (60,101 euros). Since 1999 se pieces are part of Catalan patrimony after being catalogued by Government of Generalitat as part of collection of museum, something that will surely hinder delivery of pieces to Aragon as requested by judge. However, judgment of first instance of Court of Huesca ensures that sale was null because it was not reported of it and refore must be returned. A sentence that was appealed by Catalonia and which has been waiting for almost three years for a verdict of Huesca Provincial court.

The works are part of so-called ' Tesoro de Sijena ', a generic and pompous denomination which, in fact, no one knows what kind of works it refers to. During long lawsuit that has been carried out by se assets have been produced sentences, cars and resources and in some of m have appeared se listings and ir descriptions. It is a very uniform set in terms of typology, but of unequal value: It is three sepulchral boxes of fifteenth century, 6 tables of altarpiece of XVI and XVIII, 5 high of Alabaster polychrome of XVI century and 9 fragments more of high also of wing Basto, very deteriorated and some totally altered by suffering effects of fire that burned monastery during three days during Civil war. The highest group is formed by 21 oil paintings on canvas from 17th and 18th centuries.

Of ensemble most outstanding pieces are three headstones boxes. These are sepulchres made of polychrome wood, one belonging to sister Isabel of Aragon, who died in 1410, daughter of Pedro, Earl of Urgell and for which three million pesetas were paid and which is attributed to workshop of Blasco de Granén. Anor tomb is that of Sor Beatriz Cornel that cost two million more and third is PRiORA of Sijena Sor Francisquina D'Erill and Castro who died in 1494 that was sold also for three million more and is attributed to Miguel Ximénez. Three in 15th century.

The four alabaster reliefs exhibited in Museum of Lleida. Albert Garcia

The tables of altarpieces deposited in Lleida are 6, one of m attributed to one of altarpieces painted by so-called painter of Sijena of sixteenth century, although it belonged not to main altarpiece but to an altarpiece known as of piety of seven joys. The or tables represent Santa Rosa de Lima, Santa Ubaldesca or Gertrudis, Santa Teresa de Jesús and Santa Clara, four of eighteenth century. There is also a painting of an auction of a coat of arms of altarpiece of piety, also attributed to master of Sijena of 16th century.

The third set is oil paintings on canvas. In total are 21 pieces that represent religious mes, many linked to history of King David as Saul tries to kill David, angel stops plague of Jerusalem, David anointed King by Samuel, David's return after battle against Goliath and David kills lion , all of eighteenth century. There is also an Ecce Homo of an anonymous Aragonese painter, as well as a Christ on Cross, an apparition of Our Lady of chorus, Sweet Princess or sweet Infanta of Sijena, a Christ with cross on slopes, a painful or a Saint Joseph and Child , among or works carried out between 17th and 18th centuries, which of course were part of cult of se sanjuanist nuns.

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Toger with sepulchral boxes, polychrome alabaster High are most outstanding pieces of whole set. They all belonged to an altarpiece dated between 1529 and 1530 created by Gabriel Joly. Of total of 14 pieces, only five are complete, which represent an adoration of shepherds, birth of Virgin Mary, betrothal of Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, a Saint Anne, Virgin Mary and Jesus and a Far God with dead Jesus. The rest are fragments of or scenes like Jesus among doctors, weeping for dead Christ, or a Saint John Baptist. Some of se fragments were grass of flames and are preserved calcined or have moved to plaster, losing all its beautiful characteristics, among m that are translucent.

Of total of works only seven are exposed in permanent collection of museum, three sepulchres and four of alabaster reliefs. All those exposed and preserved in reserve rooms wait for justice and politicians to agree on ir last destination.


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