Chapel of Mary at the Temple

The beauty returns after restorations

By Santuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

The restorations of the Chapel of Mary at the Temple

The Sacred Mount of Oropa, declared as Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by Unesco in 2003, is constituted by 17 chapels decorated with polychromatic terracotta statues, 12 of which depict the life of Mary. The statues of the Chapel of Mary at the Temple were realized by P.G. Auregio and the painted background frescoes by G. Galliari; both works begun shortly after 1711. The scene depicts a group of maidens in the Temple of Jerusalem, reading or tending to domestic chores under the watch of their tutor. The garments of the 44 characters appear realistically smooth, the drapery finely detailed. The Madonna is portrayed in the apse in front of the entrance, seated to work and surrounded by graceful cherubs. The scene is remarkable for its vivacity and liveliness, further enhanced by the episode of the fight between two maidens in the right apse. The beauty of this sculptures has returned thanks to the restorations works started in 2017

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

The sculptures and the decorations were partially altered during the repainting made in the 70's.

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

In 2017, for the first time, it was possible to carry out a project to restore the statues. By removing the repainting of 1970, the original colors of the 17th century have re-emerged

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

In this image we can recognize three coloring phases of the statue

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Thanks to the restoration, the original paintings of the 17th century re-emerged

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

The statues were damaged also because of the humidity rising from the ground

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Thanks to the restorations, now they have returned to their original beauty

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Virgin Mary before restoration

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Virgin Mary after restorations

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

The teacher before restorations

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

The teacher after restorations

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Before the restoration the faces of the statues were devoid of expression

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

During the restoration the faces found their natural expression

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

A maiden before restoration

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

The same maiden after restoration

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

In the Seventies the original colors of the statues were changed

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Now the beauty of the original colors is back

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

The fight between two maidens before the restorations

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

The same maidens after the restorations

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Group of maidens tending to domestic chores, before the restorations

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

The group of maidens after restorations

Chapel of Mary in the Temple (1662/1720) by Sculptor: P.G. Auregio. Painter: G. GalliariSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

During the restoration, the signature of the sculptor Auregio has been found

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