Greater Altarpiece of Santa Ana
Author: Llorente Manrique
Cost: Real 5.436
Gold of the altarpiece: 1.731
Author: Juan Forte
Imagery Image of Santa Ana: 1.594
Author: Antonio de Cárraga
Cost: 332 ducats
Image of San Joaquin: s. XVII
Author: Could be Fernando de Ezpeleta
Images of the Virgin and Saint John: 1.657
Author: Sculptor Sebastián Ribero
Real 550 cost
This regal and magnificent altarpiece from the mid-seventeenth century is one of the most precious jewels of the Parish. It shows us in addition to some beautiful sculptures, a collection of important paintings about the life of Santa Ana. The Retablo presides over an artistic Camarín that houses the imposing and attractive carving of the sculptor's group of the Patron, of enormous emotional content for the brewers. The harmonious architecture of this beautiful altarpiece consists of four bodies: Bank, First floor, Second floor, Attic and Five streets.
.- The low or vain body is composed of two robust and artistic supports and four small columns. To these are attached four canvases representing the Four Evangelists and four other figures paintings on the sides of female biblical characters of Santas, all of great style.
.- In the intersections there are four magnificent paintings: The Prayer in the Garden, The Flagellation, The Ecce Homo (Christ before Pilate) and Calvary. These four canvases differ in their pictorial style from the rest of the Altarpiece and could be attributed, according to some art experts, to Marco Remón, painter.
.- In the center is the Tabernacle, of modern style in white marble, manufactured by the goldsmith D. Gil Moreno, to whom we owe also the Custody, the Altar and the Exhibitor of the Holy Hospital. This Tabernacle, replaces from 1926 to the old, which is still preserved in the Parish Hall.
.- In the medium body, six elegant mixed columns turned in the city of Tarazona, highlight the attractiveness of 4 paintings of great quality and size: The Birth of the Virgin of the master Martín González, made in 1.644, The presentation of the Virgin, San Pedro and San Pablo, these last three of Miguel Ángel Rafael in the years 1.650 and 1.651.
.- At the bottom of these paintings and framed in so many smaller cartouches are four fabrics that are: The Martyrdom of Saint Peter and the Annunciation on the right and The Martyrdom of Saint Paul and the Visitation on the left. All of them very attractive and also belonging to Miguel Ángel Rafael
.-In the center of the Altarpiece, the beautiful Camarín, work done by D. Luis Menchón in his workshop in Pamplona in the 1.946 year, in commemoration of the Fourth Centenary of the Foundation of the Parish, fitting perfectly to the architectural set of the altarpiece: semicircular arch and spacious chamber with a beautiful coffered ceiling and very elegant ornamentation that gives shelter to the venerated and beloved Patroness, a sculptural group of sublime and enchanting beauty: Saint Anne, The Blessed Virgin and the Child Jesus. This work was paid for by parishioners and santaneros absent from the Parish with great affection.
.- Between the first body and the second floor, we find an artistic and regal decorated cornice, on it there are four vigorous and artistic supports and two small columns, we are in the lower part of the second floor, decorated with five fabrics painted by Miguel Ángel Rafael. The themes are: in the center a picture of the patrons of the Diocese, San Emeterio and San Celedonio. To the right San Ambrosio and San León Magno, Pope, to the left San Agustín and San Jerónimo.
.- Another six magnificent columns similar to those of the first floor but differentiated only by the turning, are based on the supports and the two small columns described, composing the upper body and the second floor. In its streets you can admire four sensational framed pictures -like those on the first floor- in beautiful posters. It is believed that they are also work of Miguel Ángel Rafael, made in 1.650 with a beautiful invoice. These are The Encounter of San Joaquín and Santa Ana, The Marriage of Saint Joseph and the Blessed Virgin, Saint Gil Abad and Saint James.
.- In the center we appreciate the image of S. Joaquin from the 17th century by anonymous author. A carving of great artistic merit, life-size, with a severe and paternal face, abundant clothing, the cape on his left hand and a staff on the right in the attitude of walking. It sits on a fine and elegant base occupying a beautiful niche in a semicircular arch flanked by two thin columns that make up a beautiful set. We also see a beautiful and regal ornate cornice, with the same characteristics as those of the middle body that complements it.
.- In the attic presiding over everything, the great image of Christ on the Cross, impressive, life size and good anatomical study. Possibly and in the opinion of the experts in art, it is one of the most valuable artistic carvings that exist in the Parish and very similar to the Holy Christ of Consuelo that is venerated in our Church. This work is attributed to Fernando de Ezpeleta.
.- In the center and as a coronation of the said Altarpiece, an artistic and elegant frame in a pyramid, of sublime beauty, that shelters a delicate painting that represents the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. Three small and funny columns of the same characteristics as the previous ones, finish off the Santa Ana Altarpiece.
Harmony and art combine admirably in the composition of it. It is impressive for its monumentality, its high taste, its magnificent framing and its great artistic style. \ R \ nIf the altarpiece is of great merit, its beautiful images and the wonderful paintings in which it is seen and appreciated sublime art by the artists Antonio Cárraga, sculptor, Sebastián de Ribero and Fernando Ezpeleta and the magnificent painters Marco Remon, Martín González and Miguel Ángel Rafael.