STAFF REPORTER

LONG-hidden historic murals have been uncovered in the entrance to the Sant Bernadi convent in Petra and are being restored by the Cultural Heritage Conservation department of Catalonia in collaboration with the Council of Majorca.

It had become evident that there was more to the cloisters of Sant Bernadi than its silence. Last year, Margalida Massanet and Anahi Meyer, two students from the Conservation and Restoration School of Catalonia were studying the painted murals which still decorate the entrance and vestry of the cloisters when they uncovered long-lost paintings.

This year the Council of Majorca and the Catalan centre have joined forces to provide a team of ten people, made up of students and teachers who have set to work on bringing the murals to life.

The works are a series of paintings dedicated to Saint Frances and which depict some of the deadly sins.
Veronica Ramirez, one of the leaders of the group said that “for the moment, the team is concentrating on uncovering writing on the wall and parts of the series of paintings that had hitherto been presumed lost because they had become hidden beneath the lime coating of the wall.” Joan Font, Culture director on the Council of Majorca is keen to encourage the continued collaboration on the project between the restoration team and the Council.

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