Restoration of 17th century Ta’ Giezu Crucifix provides new information
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The restoration process of of the 17th century Ta’ Giezu Crucifix has provided new information. And as Gozitan Fr Charles Vella, Chief Restorer within the Arts Conservation Consortium (ACC) stated, “Angels do not use hammers and nails.”
Fr Vella was speaking during a public symposium held recently at the Ta’ Giezu Church in Valletta to share information about the restoration process.
It follows CT Scans and X-Rays of the crucifix that clearly show that, although the head is separate from the body, a number of nails can be seen attaching the head to the body.
According to legend, the sculptor, Frate Innocenzo di Petralia found the head of the statue completed – a legend that is shared among quite a number of crucifixes world-wide.
A full presentation by Charles Vella on the findings of the conservation work, complete with photographs, is available to download by clicking here.
The ACC, besides an extensive physical study of the crucifix, also unearthed a lot of information about Frate Innocenzo, who, although very poorly documented throughout his history, left a trail of sculptures around Sicily and Italy that enabled them trace his origins and his life.
The project, commissioned by the Archconfraternity of the Miraculous Crucifix and curated by Cynthia De Giorgio also included an ethical study on the conservation process by Adriana Alescio and an in-depth artistical context by ACC project leader Dr Christian Attard.
BOV CEO Mario Mallia said, “we are very grateful for the opportunity to participate in a project with one of Malta’s most historic icons.”
“The symposium shed more light on this national monument which we are very eager to see returned to its niche where it can once again be venerated by the faithful,” he added.
The symposium was also addressed by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.