Patrimonial research

This department, formed by professionals specialized in history, archeology, iconography, anthropology, sociology, among other disciplines, conducts a thorough heritage investigation, enhancing the exhaustive recognition of the assets that are given to us to work. In conjunction with the conservation and restoration department, research professionals collect and provide important data to the rest of the team, which guide everyone’s work towards better heritage preservation.  

    Historical analysis

    History professionals who work with us consult documentary sources, visit museums and archives and seek to add knowledge to what is already known about the monuments and

    works that we intervene.

    Using observation and auxiliary sciences of history, these researchers reconstruct and corelate historical facts, seeking to give them a deeper explanation and understanding. 

    Based on the awareness that a work of art and a religious building are, in addition to objects for aesthetic and spiritual enjoyment, historical sources in relation to the time they were created, our researchers seek to obtain the most relevant information from them, even for, with it, they can guide the work of the teams that follow in the intervention on the object in question.

    Archaeological excavations

    Knowing that the old cemeteries were inside or in the churchyard of the churches and chapels themselves, on several occasions Dalmática activated its prospecting and archaeological excavation services. This is because when conservation or rehabilitation interventions foresee disturbing the soil of the temples, this can only take place under the close observation of these researchers.

    Most of the time, the systematic study of the material remains of human life that has
    already disappeared, carried out by our archeologists, allows us to find foundational walls of the buildings under intervention, bones of burials and archaeological objects. After being
    analyzed, this evidence of antiquity allows the reconstruction of peoples’ lives and the
    interpretation of the various construction phases of the temples.

    Iconographic reading

    Catholic religious works of art are loaded with symbols that tell the stories of saints,

    martyrs, and other biblical characters. These characters are identified with one or more
    iconic motifs associated with their lives, which are called attributes.
    In Dalmática we have experienced professionals, from the history of art and theology, who
    use the scientific approach to make the iconographic reading of these attributes, the
    episodes of their lives that are being represented, the spatio-temporal location of the
    action, the biblical passage that it refers to, etc.
    Therefore, we do the analysis of works of art through the visual communication present in
    them, which allows us to understand and identify all meanings and contexts, characters
    and actions

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