Mural paintings from the Chapter House of Sigena will provisionally remain at the Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya

The Spanish Judge of the Court of First Instance n. 2 of Huesca has provisionally suspended the execution of her previous Judicial decision of July 2016 stating that Mural paintings from the Chapter House of Sigena located at the Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya (MNAC) must return to the Sigena Monastery.

Taking into consideration several scientific reports presented by the MNAC, the Judge has concluded that the frescoes are extremely vulnerable and that any damage potentially caused during the moving may be irreparable, as well as the absence of the best conditions to preserve them at the Monastery.

See Judicial decision of 23 January 2018 from Spanish Court of First Instance n. 2 of Huesca – ES

The mural paintings of the Chapter House of Sigena are considered one of the most important examples of Medieval Hispanic Art. 

     

In 1936, during the Spanish Civil War, the Monastery of Sigena was set on fire and the paintings of the walls of the Chapter House were seriously damaged. The Mudejar coffered was completely lost. According to the MNAC, “in the same year as the fire, and to safeguard them, the paintings were removed by a team of specialists sent from Barcelona, which also took charge of transferring them and their subsequent restoration. In 1940 they entered the museum”.

     

ICULT FOTO SIXENA pinturas de la sala capitular de Sixena al MNAC FOTOGRAFIA MARTA MERIDA ROJAS

More information at the Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya. The photos of this post has been extracted from this website.