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- Edades del Hombre 2016. AQVA
Exhibition in Toro (Zamora), from 27th April to 14th November 2016
Zamora is said to be a land of bread and wine, with clear differences between the East and West of the province which is divided by the River Duero. The northern area is known as ‘the Land of Bread’ and the south as ‘the Land of Wine’. Yet both bread and wine are defining features of Zamora and its residents. Indeed, it is the River Duero itself that traces the natural boundary that defines this division. A living line marked by the fast-flowing waters that run through Toro and Zamora on their way to Portugal. Bread and wine were featured in the ‘Eucharist’ exhibition held in Aranda de Duero (Burgos) in 2014.
In addition to being a natural asset with its own particular contradictions, water also has a deep cultural and symbolic religious significance reflected in the region’s intangible heritage. In this sense, and given the anthropological, biblical, ecclesiastical and sacramental wealth of this natural element, as expressed in Pope Francis' Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’, The Ages of Man has chosen water at the theme of its 21st Edition to be held in 2016 in Toro, entitled AQVA.
As in previous editions, the exhibition showcases carefully selected works that form part of Spain’s historical and artistic heritage. They are mainly the work of artists from Castilla y León, including masters such as Pedro Berruguete, Francisco de Zurbarán, Juan de Juni, Gregorio Fernández and Luis Salvador Carmona. It will also feature a considerable number of contemporary artists, such as Antonio López and Carmen Laffón.
The exhibition is made up of six chapters, the first four of which can be admired in the Collegiate Church of Santa María la Mayor:
- I. Water of Life
Water is considered from a natural and anthropological perspective, with references to classical mythology, its use in cleansing the body, water resources and hydraulic engineering, as well as domestic clay and glass vessels for storing and drinking it, etc.
- II. Paving the way
Water is portrayed within the context of the creation and the history of salvation, from the beginning to the figure of John the Baptist, the Herald. Following the Bible in chronological order, this chapter depicts events and characters from the Old Testament to whom God gradually revealed his plan of salvation and the significance of the grace bestowed by baptism.
- III. The heavens opened
This chapter addresses the sublime figure of Saint John the Baptist, bringing the prophetic writings of the Old Testament to a close, and marking the arrival of the messianic period, as the coming of the Saviour was near.
- IV. Christ, a source of living water
It focuses on the Christ’s relation with water during his life on Earth, moving from his childhood to his public ministry and his paschal ministry. It addresses topics such as the vocation of the first disciples on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the wedding at Cana, the meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well in Sychar, the healing at Bethesda pool, the washing of the feet, Pilate’s hand washing, Calvary, etc.
The remaining two chapters are on display in the Church of El Santo Sepulcro:
- V. The baptism that saves us
This chapter is dedicated to the Sacrament of Baptism and the objects used in the liturgical service as well as the items related to holy water.
- VI. Reborn by water and the Holy Spirit
The exhibition ends with the saints: men and women who, reborn by water and the Holy Spirit, provide a faithful testimony to their existential links to Christ, to whom they are intimately joined by the Sacrament of Baptism. In particular, this chapter focuses on those saints whose biography or patronage are associated with water
Virtual visit to the exhibition: http://visitavirtual.lasedades.es/
- I. Water of Life
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