Juan de Borgoña, the painter who introduced the Renaissance in Spain, not only painted for the church in the municipality of Alcaraz but also in other surrounding municipalities in this area of the province of Albacete. In addition to the eight paintings discovered by chance during the restoration work on a Baroque altarpiece, there are now another five panels that have just been discovered in another town in the region, whose names have not been revealed until the final certification of authorship.
The restorer of the Parteluz company Pablo Nieto, who was in charge of the work on the eight tables of Alcaraz, has revealed this new finding. He has explained that it will be the Diocese of Albacete as the owner of this religious and artistic heritage, who will offer more details of the news once the new boards are certified as originals by Juan de Borgoña.
Exhibition “Juan de Bogoña. A Hidden Master” in Alcaraz
At the moment, the Government Government of Castilla-La Mancha “has reaffirmed its commitment to the recovery of the work of Juan de Borgoña”, as explained today by the delegate of the Board, Pedro Antonio Ruiz Santos, during the presentation of the exhibition “John of Burgundy. A Hidden Master”, held in the Bishopric of Albacete.
Starting on Thursday, July 7 and until July 31, it can be visited in the Church of the Holy Trinity of Alcaraz, and from August, contemplate its complete inclusion in the High Altarpiece of this temple in Alcaraz.
The Bishop of Albacete, Ángel Fernández Collado, was also at the presentation of the exhibition; the mayor of the City Council of Alcaraz, Pedro Valero; the parish priest of the Church of the Holy Trinity and rector of the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Cortes, Ramón Sánchez Calero.
The Alcaraceña collection of the Spanish Renaissance artist will be exhibited, made up of 20 sculptures and 8 polychrome panels.
The delegate of the Board in Albacete, Pedro Antonio Ruiz Santos has recalled that this new exhibition is part of the cultural activities of the celebration of the VIII Centenary of the Virgin of Cortes, patron saint of Alcaraz, and that they have coincided with the restoration of the altarpiece mayor of the church of the Holy Trinity of Alcaraz, the result of a collaboration agreement between the Government of President Emiliano García-Page; the Bishopric of Albacete and the Royal Archconfraternity of the Virgin of Cortes and the City Council of Albacete.
In addition, Ruiz Santos has highlighted “the impulse” that the work of Juan de Borgoña and this VIII Centenary of the Virgin of Cortes represent for Alcaraz, as well as its historical heritage such as the parish of the Holy Trinity, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest ( BIC), since 1982, being one of the iconic architectural buildings of this municipality of the Sierra de Alcaraz and Campo de Montiel, next to the Plaza and the Torres del Tardón and la Trinidad.
He recalled that the exhibition of Juan de Borgoña that has housed the Museum of Santa Cruz de Toledo, from March 23 to June 26, has registered 75,000 visitors, being one of the “most visited” samples in this museum space of the regional capital.
The VIII Centenary in the stand of the Board in the next Fair of Albacete
On the other hand, the delegate of the Board in Albacete, Pedro Antonio Ruiz Santos, has confirmed that on September 8, the stand of the regional government at the Albacete Fair 2022, will have as protagonists, “the twinning of the Albacete towns of Chinchilla de Montearagón and Alcaraz, when celebrating in this year 2022, four Centenaries in allusion to the VI Centenary of the granting of the Title of City to Chinchilla by Juan II of Castile, the II Centenary of Chinchilla as capital of the province and of La Mancha Alta, the I Centenary of the Declaration of the Parish Church of Santa María del Salvador as a National Monument in the Architectural-Artistic category, and the celebration of the VIII Centenary of the pilgrimage of the Virgen de Cortes in Alcaraz.
In this context, Ruiz Santos has also advanced that one of the days at the stand of the Community Board of the Albacete Fair will be dedicated to the ‘Holy Weeks’ of the province of Albacete, and has highlighted among them, the Week Santa de Hellín with its Tamborada, declared of International Tourist Interest and the Holy Weeks of Tobarra and Albacete capital, of National Tourist Interest, among others.