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New Ribalta Painting Discovered in Valencia

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This must be the kind of discovery that anyone who gets into the field of restoration hopes to one day make.

A dusty, dirty old painting in storage at the Church of San Andrés was cleaned up and restored by The Light of the Images, the same group responsible for the marvelous renovations of the Glory of the Baroque. Underneath the grime and neglect, workers realized that they were holding a painting by the 16th century Valencian master Francisco Ribalta.

A crucifix scene now christened “El Calavario”, the painting depicts Christ on the cross with a kneeling Mary Magdalene, the Virgin Mary and a few others surrounding him. The painting has been dated to 1620, eight years before the artist’s death, when he was already respected and firmly entrenched in Valencia. Ribalta was of the Baroque era, and one of the first Spanish practitioners of Carvaggio’s tenebrist style.

You can see his newly discovered painting in the church of San Juan de la Cruz, as a part of the Glory of the Baroque exhibition.

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July 17, 2010 at 8:35 am Comments (0)

Fallas 2010: The Winner

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After 6 years of dominance by Nou Campanar, the judges of Fallas’ "Special Section" monuments have crowned a new champion. Ladies and Gentleman, put your hands together for Convento Jerusalen.

When I first heard the results, I was unbelieving. At $300,000, Convento’s monument cost just a fraction of Campanar’s obscene final $1.6 million tally, and it was much smaller. One conspiratorial theory I’ve heard is that the jury decided to award frugality in this Year of the Crisis. But perhaps Convento just deserved it more. We loved their creation, and have no quarrel with its victory.

"Path to Paradise" was the theme, with a humongous tree playing host to the lady of summer, the old man of autumn, the lord of winter and the beauty of spring. The summer lady held a winking sun made up of figures of flame — one of the the monument’s most beautiful touches. Around the base, were ninots who described our various paths to paradise, including a humorous tribute to the deceased Michael Jackson (whose accompanying angels were confused that he was white, and were about to repaint him).

Enjoy the pics of Fallas 2010’s best monument — if you didn’t get to see it, too bad! Now, it’s no more than a pile of ash.

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March 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm Comments (3)

Fallas 2010: Castillo March 17th

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UFOs-Valencia

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Fireworks! My parents arrived on Wednesday too late for the Mascletà, but in plenty of time to get a little buzz on, get some buñuelos in their round American bellies, and get on down to the Alameda. According to my mom, "I’ve never seen anything like it!" According to my dad: "WOWAH!"

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March 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm Comments (0)