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SANTA MARIA LA MAYOR IN TORO

Preserving the Portada de la Majestad in Santa María la Mayor

SANTA MARIA LA MAYOR IN TORO
Toro, Spain
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BACKGROUND

Situated on a cliff at the edge of the fortified city of Toro, the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria overlooks the narrow, jagged streets of the city as well as the winding Duero River and the fertile plans beyond. Its construction began in the middle of the twelfth century and lasted for about a century. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

From 1987 to 1998, WMF worked to conserve the Portada de la Majestad. The project included extensive historical research, analysis of techniques and materials used for the various layers of polychromy, a comprehensive conservation assessment of the portal itself, and an exchange program between young conservators from both Spain and the United States. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Carved by anonymous craftsmen, the Portada de la Majestad is a masterpiece that demonstrates the local and international influences active in the birth of Gothic art in Spain. Shortly after its completion in the mid-thirteenth century, a new chapel was constructed to the west, encompassing the western portal and thereby protecting it from the elements. (...)