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The Discalced Carmelite convent of Caravaca recovers a painting of San Juan de la Cruz that has undergone a complete restoration process (08/10/2020)

| The mayor and the prior of the Carmelites have thanked the Caravacan businessman Antonio Martínez Robles for his collaboration in order to recover the essence of this 19th century work | The mayor of Caravaca de la Cruz, José Francisco García; the prior of the Discalced Carmelites, Fray Pascual Gil, and the director of the art gallery T20, Nacho Ruiz, have presented the restoration of a painting from the early 19th century, owned by the Order of Carmen, representing Saint John of the Cross in prayer.The painting, which is part of the Caravaca convent, has been intervened thanks to the collaboration of the Caravacan businessman Antonio Martínez Robles, for whom the mayor has had words of gratitude, acknowledging the work of patronage that contributes to recovering the artistic historical heritage of the city.

"Antonio has also collaborated not only with this action but recently with the archaeological work on the rest of the Roman mill found on the Granada road," he highlighted.In addition, José Francisco García has highlighted the work of cultural dynamization of Nacho Ruiz with the organization of large exhibitions and other initiatives, such as the direction of the permanent exhibition of the tables of Hernando de Llanos at the Museo de Arte Sacro de la Vera Cruz, whose vitrinas sponsored the Camino de la Cruz Foundation.Nacho Ruiz explained that the action on the painting arose as a result of the exhibition 'Mystics', dedicated to the figures of San Juan de la Cruz and Santa Teresa de Jesús and their connection with Caravaca.

The art expert explained that the removal of varnishes and oxides, cleaning, reintegration and the repair of tears in the canvas have been tasks of the recovery process of the painting.In the work, the figure of the holy friar and founder of the male branch of Discalced Carmel appears, before the image of a Nazarene with the cross on his back, which was a vision he had, and elements of mystical iconography such as the skull or books by this eminent writer and doctor of the Church.The prior of the Caravaca Carmelites recalled that this painting is one of the most outstanding elements of the convent's artistic heritage, especially from the sentimental and historical point of view, since San Juan de la Cruz was the founder of the Caravacan monastery in December 1586, and the friar traveled to Caravaca on several occasions.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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