Social networks uncover the deterioration of a invaluable embroidered cloak of the Virgin of the Macarena of Seville | Culture | EUROtoday

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A message on social networks raised the eyebrows concerning the poor situation of the mantle often called the Cisneros cloak, some of the iconic with which the Virgin of the Macarena is normally dressed, some of the iconic carvings of Holy Week in Seville. A member of this brotherhood, beneath anonymity, reported earlier this week that final October, throughout the cults of the Virgin of the Rosary – one other of the members of the brotherhood – the Macarena dressing room appeared closed. It was then reported that there had been an issue with the door as a result of rains from Storm Aline, however this brother reported on his social community that, in actuality, “they had had to remove the image from the cult” as a result of it was getting moist resulting from to a big leak and the Cisneros' mantle got here to a foul finish,” and that “the Governing Board of Macarena lied.” The cloak was removed from the brotherhood's museum and was recently re-exposed, visibly deteriorated, according to the before and after images of the fabric that accompanied the publication.

In a brotherhood just like the Macarena, with nearly 17,000 brothers – greater than many Spanish municipalities – unfold world wide, this message caught on on social networks and different profiles rapidly joined in – many nameless too – that criticized the shortage of transparency of the Government Board and its contempt for heritage and providing different variations, all associated, sure, to humidity issues – it was not a leak, however some damaged hearth sprinklers -, to the purpose {that a} group of brothers has begun to gather signatures to convene a rare city corridor (an meeting that brings collectively the members of the brotherhood) in order that its present leaders can clarify what occurred.

Until now the brotherhood has averted clarifying what had occurred to the mantle. Asked by this newspaper concerning the causes of the obvious poor situation and the accusations made on the Internet, La Macarena's older brother, José Antonio Fernández Cabrero, identified that every thing was “very clear”, however referred to the communication workforce, which assured that it was not He was going to answer the “alleged information” that was circulating and requested for “rigor.” A day later, the Macarena has been pressured to formally make clear that “the intervention is planned in the near future and replace the support and embroidery with a new velvet.” The brotherhood explains that the deterioration occurred resulting from “an accident absolutely unrelated” to the entity, which it had not reported as a result of “it intended to start this process [el de la restauración] with discretion and normality.”

“The state of the velvet is irrecoverable”

“Something has happened,” Carlos Peñuela, head of CYRTA, a prestigious Sevillian restoration workshop, acknowledged to this newspaper this Wednesday, which, in accordance with the Macarena assertion, suggested the brotherhood to hold out the switch of the embroidery to a different: “On social networks everything is exaggerated and there are many people who like to generate alarm.” Peñuela explains that altering assist is the one possibility to save lots of the mantle. “The velvet is in an unrecoverable state,” he says. Now the brotherhood should search for the workshop that’s in control of this activity. “This takes time and the piece suffers, but the embroidery is well preserved,” he provides.

This is identical conclusion that 4 different embroidery workshops which have seen the work in latest months had reached, in accordance with what this system introduced final evening. The Caller, a reference for the Andalusian brotherhood data, who defined that it’s the similar resolution that the brotherhood's restorers had supplied. The Andalusian public radio program confirmed the model of the failure within the dressing room's fire-fighting system, captured by safety cameras, which may have affected the again of the virgin, however with out damaging the carving, which additionally needed to be reviewed.

The one often called the Cisneros cloak—after the household that donated it—is a piece by José Guillermo Carrasquilla, made in 1967 from embroidery on the cover designed by Juan Manuel Rodríguez Ojeda. The cape was restored in 1995 by the Fernández y Enríquez workshop, in an intervention that additionally generated nice controversy, as a result of the assist was modified, from a really attribute turquoise blue hue, to a inexperienced velvet, which is what it at the moment wears.

“As a heritage conservator with more than 20 years of experience, I cannot offer a clear assessment of whether the mantle is deteriorated based on two photos that have no context and it is not known when they were taken,” defined José de León, heritage conservator. and cultural disseminator. De León needs to attract consideration to the origin of the preliminary data, protected by anonymity. “The Alvise spirit has entered the brotherhoods, everyone believes they have the right to give their opinion on everything,” he lamented.

There are a number of accounts and teams from which criticism of the Macarena Brotherhood has been made for its alleged lack of transparency, which has then generated responses from the remainder of the neighborhood of brother Internet customers. Many of those profiles are linked to future candidates for giant brother, whose elections are held subsequent 12 months and for which Fernández Cabrera can not run.

De León, nonetheless, is obvious: “The brotherhood will be working with its restaurateurs, who are wonderful professionals, and even with the insurance company to assume costs. Restoration work has its time and if the problem is humidity, we have to intervene when certain temperature conditions occur…”

But there may be nonetheless a protracted technique to go for controversy and the change of opinions on social networks. When it’s confirmed that the cloak should be restored, the query shall be whether or not it ought to be returned to its present model or whether or not it ought to be returned to the unique turquoise. “Brotherhood is surely what he is valuing right now,” says Peñuela.

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