Gemma Ramirez, an experienced art restorer from the Madrid-based Da Vinci Rastro Art Restoration Company, has unearthed a hidden treasure within an 18th-century wooden statue of Jesus Christ, known as “Christa de Misere.” The statue, located in the historic church of Santa Aguedia, had suffered significant damage and was undergoing restoration when the astonishing discovery was made.
As Gemma Ramirez and her team meticulously worked to restore the statue, they stumbled upon a hidden compartment within the sculpture. Inside, they found two remarkably well-preserved leather-like scrolls, dating back to the year 1777. The scrolls contained writings penned by Yoqueen Mingas, a former chaplain of the church.
Mingas’s writings provide a captivating glimpse into the culture and history of 18th-century Spain. He mentions the sculptor, Manuel Ball, and delves into the economic and political landscape of the era. The scrolls describe the Spanish economy, agricultural practices, including the cultivation of barley, oats, rye, wheat, and wine production. However, they also shed light on the hardships of the time, chronicling the prevalence of diseases like typhoid fever, the reign of King Carlos III, and the notorious Spanish Inquisition.
Despite the challenges of the period, Mingas’s writings also offer insights into the leisure activities enjoyed by the people, including ball games and card playing.
This unexpected discovery has sent shockwaves through the world of art restoration and historical research. Gemma Ramirez, deeply moved by the find, carefully placed the scrolls back inside the statue, respecting Mingas’s original intention.
The significance of this historical treasure cannot be overstated. These hidden scrolls have the potential to reshape our understanding of 18th-century Spain and provide valuable insights into the culture, economy, and daily life of the time. Historians and researchers are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to authenticate and study these remarkable documents, which could rewrite history books.
The church of Santa Aguedia, which has long been a repository of history and culture, has added yet another layer to its rich tapestry with this remarkable discovery. Gemma Ramirez and her team have not only restored a religious artifact but also unearthed a hidden treasure that has the power to captivate and educate future generations about a bygone era.
Stay tuned as experts work to authenticate and preserve this incredible find, which has left the world in awe of the mysteries hidden within the folds of history.