The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, October 23, 2014


Protection of Mural Paintings in Queretaro Guaranteed
QUERETARO, MEXICO.- The 4 Teotihuacan-style polychrome fragments of mural paintings located recently at El Rosario, Queretaro, the only found until now at Bajio region of that culture, are now under custody of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

Paintings were found at a Prehispanic building portico in an area considered ceremonial. They have been dated in the Classic period, (200-650 AD) and are protected by an interdisciplinary team of specialists to avoid their collapse, given the geological conditions of the area.

Geology and geotechnics studies have been conducted as part of the El Rosario Archaeological Project, in charge of Juan Carlos Saint-Charles Zetina, Carlos Viramontes Anzures and Fiorella Fenoglio Limon, to determine the origin of regional subsidence; National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Center of Geo Sciences supports the project.

Due to the relevance of the discovery and vulnerability of the structure where murals were painted, Queretaro INAH Center negotiates resources to conduct cleaning and transporting of the paintings to Queretaro Regional Museum to be studied and conserved by specialists.

Archaeologist Juan Carlos Saint-Charles Zetina commented that during the last explorations, a portico with paintings was located, as well as textile fragments, wood logs, charcoal, obsidian knifes and Teotihuacan ceramic fragments.

Four constructive stages have been identified, being 3 of them from the Classic period (250.650 AD) and one from Epi Classic (650-900 AD). “The constructive system, painting techniques and some iconographic motives confirm the site was founded by Teotihuacan groups” commented the archaeologist.

Specialist Fiorella Fenoglio explained that murals were created with 2 different techniques, some were painted on clay with a light lime layer, while the others were painted directly on the clay flattening.

The conservation state of the paintings is good, and iconographic motives are very similar to Teotihuacan’s. “Curved obsidian knives, bleeding hearts, a character surrounded by volutes that represent words, a brazier and a headdress” have been identified.

Main colors used are black, red, yellow and greenish blue, commented archaeologist Fenoglio.

A feature of these paintings is that they are incomplete: there was a Teotihuacan custom of cutting or tearing down walls to build a new construction over it; this was accompanied by rites to close the former edification.

Recovering the paintings will be conducted by restorers specialized in Prehispanic murals Rogelio Rivero Chong and Diana Molatore Salviejo, who developed a 2-stages recovery program: the first one is cleaning the mural in situ, and the second one consists in intervening them at the Queretaro Regional Museum.

El Rosario Archaeological Site is located in San Juan del Rio municipality, and was registered in 1958 by archaeologist Roberto Gallegos. In 1975 archaeologist Enrique Nalda conducted research there, as well as in the late 1990’s decade, to conform the INAH National Archaeological Atlas.


National Institute of Anthropology and History | Queretaro | Teotihuacan | Juan Carlos Saint-Charles Zetina | Carlos Viramontes Anzures | Fiorella Fenoglio Limon |




Today's News

June 17, 2009

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum Opens Exhibition on the Splendor of the Renaissance in Aragon

Royal Institute of British Architects' Lubetkin Prize Shortlist Announced

Exhibition Examines Joan Miró's Close Relationship and Affinity with Jacques Dupin

Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Attend Philbrook Museum of Art's Screening of "The Gates"

One of the Most Impressive and Largest Mosaics in Israel will be Re-exposed

Iconic Charles Schulz Comic Strip Takes Top Honors at Bonhams & Butterfields

Saint Louis Art Museum Announces Jeff Koons Installation

Compelling Exhibition Highlights Earth's Most Precious Resource

First Major Survey in the UK of the Work of the Danish Artist Per Kirkeby at Tate Modern

After More than a Year of Travelling and Research, Liam Gillick Produces German Pavilion

Major Exhibition Illuminates Culture and Civilization of Ife, Ancient African City-State

One Hundred Asian Works from the Vérité Collection to Go Under the Hammer at Encheres Rive Gauche

Centre Pompidou Presents Marcel Duchamp Prize 2008 Winner: Laurent Grasso's The Horn Perspective

The Big Dig: Going Underground at Museum of London Docklands

Delaware Art Museum Announces Call for Entries for 2009 Miniatures Exhibition

Protection of Mural Paintings in Queretaro Guaranteed

11th Annual Warm Up Music Series Begins July 4th at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center

Liverpool's Late Night Colour Craze at Tate

Jim Goldberg Wins Fotofestival di Roma's International Gold Medal Book Prize for Upcoming Book, 'Open See'

In the Service of Art: A Guide to the Archives of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome

Related Stories



Archaeologists find Maya ceramics and mural paintings in three underwater caves in Mexico

Pedro Ramirez Vazquez

Mexican archaeologists find Aztec temple platform at Mexico City's Templo Mayor ruin

Mexican Funerary Masks Travel to France for Exhibition at the Pinacothèque de Paris

Two Pyramids at Santo Nombre Archaeological Site were Restored by INAH

Mexican Archaeologists Say Tonina Ballgame Court may Be the One Described in Popol Vuh

Mexican Archaeologists Report Finding Prehispanic Objects at Nevado de Toluca

Archaeologists Discover Two More Human Skeletons Accompanied by a Rich Offering

Archaeologists Discover Two More Human Skeletons Accompanied by a Rich Offering at Chiapa de Corzo

Drawings and Sketches that Reflect Mexico's Independence Period Published



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site