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The 'Ecce Homo' Navarre suffers irreversible damage, according to a report

The 'Ecce Homo' Navarre suffers irreversible damage, according to a report

The San Jorge de Estella of the church of San Miguel de Estella (Navarra), is irretrievable. This is confirmed by a report that the Government of Navarre has sent to the Office of the Superior Prosecutor, which investigates the intervention carried out in the sixteenth-century polychrome carving, reminiscent of Borja's 'Ecce Homo', by a handicraft workshop. the population of Navarre. The study finds that some of the actions that the piece has suffered are "irreversible."

The Association of Conservative Conservators of Spain filed a complaint against the company Karmacolor Estella, a craft workshop where the carving was painted without follow the procedures and mandatory techniques in cataloged artistic and historical objects, so that the report recognizes that the piece can not be returned to the state it was in.

Photograph provided by the Government of Navarra of a group of workers translates the polychrome carving of San Jorge, from the church of San Miguel de Estella, to the warehouses of Archeology Historical Heritage of Ge General Culture
(EFE)

The Navarre Executive has not initiated a sanction procedure for the intervention in the polychrome carving of San Jorge de Estella, given that the Public Prosecutor's Office is carrying out proceedings to verify the fact and the criminal responsibility of the participants.

According to the first studies conducted by the Historical Heritage Service, "taking into account the high percentage of polychromy eliminated, and the performance of irreversible treatments such as 'hydrate' the wood with flaxseed oil, it will be impossible to reach the objectives of integral and respectful conservation of this important piece. "

 Photograph provided by the Government of Navarra of an X-ray image of the polychrome carving of San Jorge
Photograph provided by the Government of Navarra of an image obtained with X-rays of the polychrome carving of Saint George
(EFE)

"A scientific restoration in the state in which the piece is now can return part of its historical artistic value, but without reaching the point of departure, since several of the actions have been irreversible," he says.

After the finalization on July 5 of the radiological studies (photos with X-rays) of the piece to evaluate the conservation of the layers with historical polychromies, it is expected that this Tuesday the tastings and tests will be started to assess the cost of withdrawal of materials added, fixation and recovery of historical layers.

The cost of the process of recovery of the piece will be borne by the parish

Later, the reversion of the sculpture to the state prior to the intervention will be faced and it will be in that moment when the damages that the original polychromies have suffered can be assessed, and then the best possible restoration will be assessed. The cost of the actions aimed at the restitution and restoration of the stature of San Jorge are borne by the parish of San Miguel de Estella.

The carving of Saint George on horseback was made around 1500, in the Hispano-Flemish Gothic style, and it is part of the Registry of Cultural Heritage of Navarra as an Inventory Good. It is a sculpture of large size (200×150 centimeters), made of walnut and weighing about 250 kilos, representing the saint on horseback slaying the dragon and whose author was probably the teacher Tarin or Terin, a native of Zaragoza and settled in Estella.

The Navarrese Executive has not initiated a sanctioning procedure for the time being