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The image of the Holy Christ of the Flagellation of Las Torres de Cotillas turns thirty (06/01/2020)

A milestone that would mark the genesis of the youngest of the eight passionate brotherhoods of Las Torres de Cotillas, that of the Blessed Christ of the Flagellation, was the Via Crucis del Santo Tuesday of thirty years ago where for the first time it would parade its titular image, work made by the sculptor of the Murcian district of Los Ramos José Hernández Navarro on behalf of the local Ortiz Marín family who would donate it that same 1990 to the Parish of Our Lady of Salceda.

A year later, this polychrome wood carving, after the foundation of the homonymous brotherhood under the presidency of Piedad del Pilar Marín Molina, would leave in the procession of Calvary, that of Good Friday morning.

The Blessed Christ of the Flagellation of Las Torres de Cotillas would inaugurate a saga of seven works of a well-defined style and slender and grandiose canons under the iconographic and liturgical theme of the torture of Jesus.

It is a work of maturity of the artist (next to the San Miguel de la Cofradía torreña del Cristo Crucificado) in which the Blessed Sacrament appears tied to a high column.

The scene reflects the moment in which a Christ, with a shocking and vehement look, supports his body against the column, not hugging it, so that there lies one of the originalities and, therefore, novelties of size, that of tie the wrists of Jesus to the upper end of that tree pillar, thus forming another singularity such as having before us an entire block figure, of amazing verticality and detailed based on concavities, sinuosities, recesses and recesses.

To contemplate the Christ of the Flagellation of Las Torres de Cotillas is to have vigorous features in front of the dramatic ones that project a spiritual and emotional intensity and balanced, nothing exaggerated or torn, revealing these poses an accurate knowledge of Hernández Navarro of the properties of wood , which, in short, we can consider a maker of virtuosity lavished on levels of ability, demonstrations of an undoubted mastery embodied with the gouge of a simple imager, of sincere, affable, close religiosity, faithful exponent of the Levantine sculpture of salzillesco heritage and testimony and, more abundantly, Brotherhood of Honor of the institution that houses this prodigy of stature.

In short, a marvel of art of the good that swells an artistic, devotional and sentimental heritage from which we must feel the torrents of good.

Sources consulted:

- "The iconography of La Flagelación in the production of José Antonio Hernández Navarro", at

-MARÍN MATES, JA: "Brotherhoods torreñas" in Processions and Brotherhoods of Las Torres de Cotillas (Montes Bernárdez, R. dir.), Published by the City Council of Las Torres de Cotillas, 1995.

-MONTES BERNÁRDEZ, R. (Dir.): "Notes for the processions in Holy Week Torreña", in History of Las Torres de Cotillas (Murcia), volume I, edit.

Town Hall of Las Torres de Cotillas (Murcia), 2005.

Juan José Ruiz Moñino

Source: JJRM

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