Station of the Cross XII


Continuing its efforts to serve as a leader in conservation and preservation of history, Mission San Juan Capistrano embarked on a significant and exciting project last year.

The Station of the Cross XII Conservation Project included restoring a painting that is more than 200 years old but had been hidden in Serra Chapel for the past 40 years. The project is now completed and the historic painting will be revealed on Wednesday, May 7 at 2 p.m. in Serra Chapel.

The Mission chose Scott Haskins of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories to lead the conservation project.

Jan and Warren Siegel provided a generous gift to pay for a portion of the $50,000 project. The Mission Preservation Foundation is continuing in its efforts to raise the balance of the project's cost.

The Station of the Cross XII painting, titled "The Crucifixion," had been covered since 1973 by a replica painting because the original was in poor condition from years of exposure to harsh environment, movement and neglect. But in May of last year, Mission San Juan Capistrano Museum staff and conservators carried out an investigative process uncovering the original artwork.

The replica piece, painted by William Maldonado, has hung in Serra Chapel while the original was undergoing conservation.

"We're privileged to have the opportunity to resurrect The Resurrection in the Serra Chapel," said Mechelle Lawrence Adams, Executive Director of Mission San Juan Capistrano.

The original Station of the Cross XII painting is part of the Station of the Cross collection of historic paintings that came from Mexico to Mission San Juan Capistrano in the early 1800s.

"What makes it so significant is the fact that this painting stands unique because it's part of the architecture of Serra Chapel," Lawrence Adams said.

For more information about making a donation to help pay for the conservation of this painting, contact Mechelle Lawrence Adams directly at (949) 234-1300.

Click here to read the article on the OC Register

Station XII: The Crucifixion, 1800

Station XII: The Crucifixion, After Conservation

Station of the Cross XII: The Crucifixion
Before Conservation, 1800

Station of the Cross XII: The Crucifixion
After Conservation, 2014

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

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