The Minister of Culture, Gonzalo Santonja, contemplates the anthropological, religious and cultural richness of Alistana

The Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Junta de Castilla y León, Gonzalo Santonja, visited today in Alcañices (Zamora) the exhibition ‘Salus. The Church of Alista and Alba’, which until next October exhibits the anthropological, religious and cultural richness of Alistana through a selection of 170 works of sacred art, from the 3rd century to the present day.

The sample, a pioneer in the rural world, is exhibited in the Sanctuary Mariano Diocesano de la Virgen de la Salud and includes archival documents, books, photographs and cinematographic images, stone objects, sculptures, paintings , silverware, personal ornaments, furniture, ornaments and textile pieces. Among them, the works of the sculptors Juan de Montejo, Tomás de Sierra, Ramón Álvarez and Ricardo Flecha, the painter Ricardo Segundo and the goldsmith Antonio Rodríguez stand out.

The entrance to the exhibition has five euros, as a donation, since all the profits go to continue restoring the heritage of Aliste and Alba. The exhibition is sponsored by the Junta de Castilla y León, the Provincial Council of Zamora, the Town Hall of Alcañices, the Caja Rural de Zamora Foundation, the La Caixa Foundation, the Terzo Pilastra Internazionale Foundation and the Larramendi Foundation, with the collaboration of the Foundation ‘The Ages of Man’.

Curated by José Ángel Rivera, the exhibition is divided into six sections. The first of these is “The territory and its churches”, where stone objects of the oldest chronology in the alistanas churches, documents relating to the old presbyteries of Alba and Aliste, and plans are preserved. of works planned and carried out in various churches of the Archpriest. are exhibited in the 18th and 19th centuries, preserved in the Diocesan Historical Archives.

The second, “Signed and Guided by the Cross”, shows old parish books with baptismal certificates and factory accounts, baptismal shells, chrismeras and parish crosses.

The third section, “Around the Lord’s table”, presents the sacred vessels intended to contain the Body and Blood of Christ, such as the paten and the chalice, the ciborium and the ciborium, the monstrance and the portaviatico, in more objects related to the liturgy, such as cruets, censer, naveta, bell, begging plate, molds for making forms, lectern, tabernacle, ornaments and fabrics with Alistano embroidery.

The fourth, “El Salvador, his mother and his friends”, exhibits pictorial and sculptural works of Christ, the Virgin and the most devout saints among the faithful of these lands, some of whom own churches and parishes.

The fifth, “Associations, devotions and traditions”, houses old documents belonging to brotherhoods, such as accounts and ordinances; insignia rods that grant authority to their butlers, ornaments of images and relics. Likewise, he dedicates a special memory to the artist Ricardo Segundo, who represented in the last century through his pictorial work the types and daily life of Aliste, in particular Sejas de Aliste, where he lived.

Finally, “The Eternal Rest”, in which are presented two crucifixes articulated for the function of disengagement and holy burial of Christ, bells that rang to accompany the viaticum of the dying, paintings with memories of birthdays and indulgences , black colored ornaments used in masses for the dead, representations of the Souls in Purgatory, the image of the Virgen del Carmen and photographic and cinematographic evidence of the Good Friday procession in Bercianos de Aliste.

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