Unusual present donated as a sign of sincere friendship

Spanish artist Josefa Mesa Garcia donates 40 non-canonical Orthodox icons to the Museum of History of Brest

Spanish artist Josefa Mesa Garcia donates 40 non-canonical Orthodox icons to the Museum of History of Brest

The Brest Regional Public and Cultural Centre has recently hosted the opening of an exhibition by the Spanish artist — Josefa Mesa Garcia. Her 40 paintings were brought to Brest by the painter’s son, Alfonso Jurado Mesa, who donated them to the Museum of the History of Brest at a solemn ceremony. Josefa decided to present her paintings to Brest as a sign of friendship with the Belarusian Embassy in France and Spain.


At the exhibition by the painter Josefa Mesa Garcia

Although Catholic, Josefa Mesa Garcia paints Orthodox saints. Her paintings are made in an ancient non-canonical style. The 90 year old artist paints in oil on canvas, leather and fabric. She became familiar with the Orthodox style of painting in Jerusalem several years ago. Being inspired by the art, she began creating her own works. “When my mother learnt about an opportunity to bring her exhibition to Brest, she was very happy. For her it is a chance to show her works to people who know and understand the Orthodox culture,” Alfonso Jurado Mesa says.

Attending the official ceremony were the Major of Brest, Alexander Rogachuk, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to France, Spain and Portugal, Pavel Latushko. While in Brest, Alfonso Jurado Mesa, who will be appointed the Honorary Consul of Belarus in Alicante in the near future, met Mr. Rogachuk to discuss the possibility of establishing twin-town relations between Brest and Alicante and partner relations between the universities of the two cities.

By Anastasia Chernova
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