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Mexican treasures may become addition to Vatican art exhibit
By KARA ALTENBAUMER Avalanche-Journal

The outgoing president of Texas Tech and a minister working on a university exhibit featuring artifacts from the Vatican Museums in Rome plan to travel to Mexico next week to begin securing more art for the 2002 exhibit.

Outgoing President Donald Haragan and the Rev. Malcolm Neyland, exhibit director, plan to visit a museum of religious art and a Mexican history archive in Mexico City.

''We are looking for pieces that fit the theme of traditions and renewal,'' Haragan said. ''We are trying to expand (the exhibit) and find some things in the New World that would fit with the Vatican art.''

The exhibit is scheduled for June through August 2002 at the Museum of Texas Tech.

Included in the exhibit will be 30 frescoes by Italian artist Pietro Cavallini. The frescoes are from the Church of St. Cecilia of Trastevere in Rome. They were painted during the late 13th and early 14th centuries.

Until the recent discovery of the 30 pieces, very little of Cavallini's work was known to still exist.

While in Mexico City, Neyland and Haragan will visit the Museo Franz Mayer, which is also under the auspices of the Vatican Museums. They plan to look at silver pieces, ceramics, sculpture and paintings to add to the exhibit.

''Franz Mayer features objects from the 16th to 18th centuries,'' Neyland said. ''Most are from Mexico and Spain.''

One particular type of art the Lubbockites will consider for the exhibit are estofado sculptures, which Neyland described as wooden sculptures with gilded paint and then covered in a chrome-like paint. The figures are then etched so that some of the gilt shows through the chrome. It is an art form begun in Spain and introduced to Mexico in the early 1500s, Neyland said.

During the trip, they will also travel to Puebla, where the Incan pyramids are, to look at 16th century glazed pottery as a possible addition to the exhibit.

''All this stuff was brought to Mexico as part of New Spain, which happens to include what is Texas and New Mexico today,'' Neyland said.

Neyland also plans to travel to Rome Aug. 8 to try to secure wares from a Vatican museum shop to show in Lubbock in 2002 along with the Vatican artifact exhibit.

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