Painting Collection Conservation

PAINTING COLLECTION CONSERVATION

Mission San Juan Capistrano holds a large group of paintings in the permanent collection. Ranging in date from the 18th to the 20th centuries the paintings help to tell the story of the history and culture here. Due to poor storage practices earlier in the Mission's history, many of the paintings are in need of conservation. Conservation, however, is an expensive process. As funds become available, often through private donations for specific works of art, Mission staff has the paintings cleaned and conserved, one by one.

The Immaculate Conception - Before Treatment

The Immaculate Conception - After Treatment

The Immaculate Conception,
before treatment in 2009

After treatment


The Immaculate Conception - Before Treatment

The Immaculate Conception - After Treatment

The Penitent Sinful Woman,
before treatment in 2011
After treatment. Conservation funded by the
generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Beckman


The Immaculate Conception - 18th century

San Juan Capistrano, 1775

The Immaculate Conception,
before treatment in July 2013 
After treatment. Conservation funded by the generosity of Danielle Diestel

 

In late 2013 the Mission will send two important historical works for cleaning. The first is an important oil on canvas painting by Mexican painter Miguel Cabrera (1695-1768) and a painting by Mexican artist Jose de Paez (1750-1790) that was actually commissioned by Father Serra. It was painted in 1775 and brought directly to the Mission. Both works have hung in the Basilica since its opening in 1986 and are in generally good condition but are in need of professional cleaning. Conservation will be complete in 2014.

The Immaculate Conception, c. mid 1700s

San Juan Capistrano, 1775

The Immaculate Conception
c. mid 1700s
By Miguel Cabrera
San Juan Capistrano
1775
By Jose de Paez


Here are examples of other paintings in the collection that staff hopes to secure funding for treatment:

Mary Magdalena c. 17th century

The Pieta c. 1800

Mary Magdalena
c. 17th century
Artist Unknown
The Pieta
c. 1800
Artist Unknown


The Betrayal of Jesus - 18th Century

The Betrayal of Jesus
c. 18th century
Artist Unknown


Station of the Cross III: Jesus Falls for the First Time

Station of the Cross III: Jesus Falls for the First Time
c. 18th century
Artist Unknown


Station of the Cross VIII: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

Station of the Cross VIII: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
c. 18th century
Artist Unknown


Station of the Cross XIII: Jesus is Taken down from the Cross

Station of the Cross XIII: Jesus is Taken down from the Cross
c. 18th century
Artist Unknown


The Sorrowful Mother

The Sorrowful Mother
c. 18th century
Artist Unknown


To get involved with funding for painting conservation please call Barb Beier at (949) 234-1323 or email at bbeier@missionsjc.com.





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Mission San Juan Capistrano Preservation Funds
26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

For questions, please call Barb Beier at (949) 234-1323 or email bbeier@missionsjc.com
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