Sant Quirze de Pedret







Mural painting. XI century.
Cercs. Barcelona.
Commissioning of MAPFRE Foundation.

The paintings are preserved into the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC).

The church of Sant Quirze de Pedret, formed for a central apse and two-absidioles, stands as a jewel of pre-romanesque in the Pyrenees. The reproduction of the paintings for the exhibition "The splendor of the Romanesque in the collection of MNAC" of the MAPFRE Foundation, highlights the participation of that artwork copies have in the artistic heritage. The transfer of this large and delicate work, regardless of cost, that was designed to coat the walls of the temple more than eight hundred years ago, could compromise his integrity.

The objective result of a photographic reproduction may re-submit the original, properly exponed to accompany the exhibition discourse that brings the artwork, as in the case of the Pedret romanesque painting at MNAC's collection.

A reproduction allows the approximation by the visitor and can provide the same aesthetic experience, but less solemn than the original. The didactic interest is the same and without too security measures.


Job synthesis .

Didac photographing paintings


A detailed work of photography of the paintings was made. These romanesque Art Gallery is placed at the National Museum d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC).




ICP scanning the paintings

The company ICP with his director, Julio Luzán, personally dedicated on the work, scaning all the absidiole volumes.

ICP also machined in expanded polystyrene, the solid form of the contours of the interior volume.

Nacho applying silicone to the volume

On the Arsus Paper premises, the absidiole volume was mounted and coated with silicone.

Exterior apperance in resin structure

The new walls that constitute the outside of this element and the interior of the replica is achieved by applying several layers of epoxy resin reinforced with fiberglass. The replica was divided into several pieces for easy transport and assembly.

Inside was evacuated (the volume occupied initially by polystyrene).

Inside the structure

Walls were prepared and the contours paints were drawn.


Didac and Marc preparing the mortar

Advised by the MNAC restoration responsibles, the plastic mortar used was prepared with Bellpuig d'Urgell sand, very similar to the original.

The color and texture, and appearance of pictorial material loss, the applied mortar representation, expressed over-preserved relief painting, play an important role for the replica result to be convincing.

Olga and Marc applying images

The pronounced concavity of the irregular geometry on the interior space, torced to predistort the images and took several trials before the final implementation with Papelgel transfer.

Olga at the disassembling moment

The set was dismantled as a test for final assembly on site of MAPFRE.



Replica transfer

With the help of a crane the replica was moved from the Arsus Paper workshop to a removals truck.



Exposition inauguration
"The splendor of the romanesque in the MNAC collection"
MAPFRE Foundation





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