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The Municipal Restoration workshop recovers the portrait of the Cartagena doctor Benigno Risueño de Amador (21/11/2020)

| It has proceeded to the consolidation and reintegration of the support, by means of its re-weaving, elimination of the degraded varnish film, stucco and reintegration of the color layer | The recovery of the portrait of the Cartagena doctor Benigno Risueño de Amador, the work of Isidore Pineau (Péan) du Pavillón, is now a reality.

This painting, dated in the first quarter of the 19th century, belongs to the Municipal Gallery and has been restored by the Municipal Restoration Workshop.The special delegate councilor for Culture, Carlos Piñana, has highlighted the renewed commitment of the Department of Culture with the heritage of our city.

"The effort dedicated to the conservation of the artistic funds belonging to our municipality of Cartagena is an obligation towards future generations of Cartagena," explained the mayor. In addition, Carlos Piñana has remarked that "from the City Council we want to leave an artistic and patrimonial legacy in the best conditions of conservation and restoration for the enjoyment of the entire population."Due to the precarious state of conservation that the aforementioned work presented, the Municipal Restoration Workshop has proceeded to the consolidation and reintegration of the support, through its re-lining, elimination of the degraded varnish film, coating and reintegration of the color layer.

In this way, the work has returned to its original appearance, according to its restorer, Isidro Pérez "it has taken about two months to restore it and it has required a complete process, including a preliminary study."In the workshop "the most urgent works are dealt with, that is, the most degraded so that they are not lost, as it is the main function", commented Isidro, who also indicated that in this space "there are paintings since the end of the 18th century until the current ones of this time ".BIOGRAPHYCartagena (Murcia), 1802 - Bagnère de Bigorre, High Pyrenees (France),.


Doctor, professor of Pathology and Therapeutics.

Son of Juan Risueño, a doctor at the Royal Military Hospital, and María Amador.He studied Philosophy and Theology, as a bishopric scholarship holder, at the San Fulgencio Diocesan Seminary of Murcia, characterized in those years by its liberal progressive orientation, ordained a priest in 1820.

Intern in Theology, Philosophy and Humanities, later, he held the Chair of Philosophy ( Logic class) in the aforementioned seminar.During the ominous decade with Fernando VII, he had to go into exile, as a liberal, to France.

Where he secularizes and studies medicine in the city of Montpellier.

Winning the contest organized by the Royal Academy of Medicine of Paris on the topic What advantages has practical medicine obtained from the study of Medical Constitutions and Epidemics.

Later, after the death of the King, and at the request of the Cartagena City Council, in 1836, he was awarded the Cross of Isabel la Católica.Professor of Pathology and Therapeutics at the Montpellier Faculty of Medicine.

Corresponding member of the Academies of Medicine of Murcia and of Cádiz, academic of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Paris and of the Royal Society of Brussels.After a long and painful illness, he died in the Bagnère de Bigorre spa in the Pyrenees on August 3, 1849, at the age of forty-seven.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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