The Great Power: the replica of the saint and the bullfighter from Seville that the Welcome donated to Madrid

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When the family migrated from the city of Guadalquivir to the capital of Spain, Doa Carmen only asked the Black Pope for one thing: an image of the Christ to pray on bullfights.

EastHoly Thursday the Plaza de San Lorenzo in Seville noIt has been completely extinguished so that the candles of the passage illuminate the face of Jess of the Great Power coming out of her basilica. The brothers, who number in the thousands, now remember the sensations of the penance season from previous years. Anonymous devotees see their cross reflected on their shouldersthe harshness of the reality that they are living in this days of the Covid-19. The carving, created by Juan de Mesa in 1620, is part of the iconography of Seville.

The Christ of the Great Power has always been a reference for the world of the bull.A fraud to ask for, to thank, to venerate. His expression, of sobriety in the face of suffering, is inspiring for bullfighters and the people around them. How many times have they taken refuge in that gesture of pain while continuing to walk forward.

Precisely this year, the Cajasol Foundation has hosted the exhibition entitledIV Centenary of Our Father Jess of the Great Power: Table I sculpted you, Seville made you. The exhibition traversed the four centuries of history also collecting the link between the world of the bull and the Brotherhood. Among other items were the ‘Gabrielas’, which are two silver offering jars of theI knowGabriela, the mother of Joselito, also the capes of Paseo de Armillita, Morante de la Puebla and Gonzalo Caballero and a dress of lights from El Cid.The images of the space dedicated to bullfighting showed Nio de la Palma and Chicuelobaptizing their children. There are many bullfighters linked to this Brotherhood such as Manolo Vzquez (he was part of its governing board), Rafael Ortega, Cagancho or the Calesero who was a Mexican with the soul of Seville.

The exhibition featured the famousreplica of the Great Power that has been located in the chapel of the Las Ventas bullring since the mid-1970s. It is a size ordered byManuel Mejas Rapela to the Sevillian sculptor Rafael Lafarque. The tragic death of Rafaelito, the third of the Black Pope’s children in 1933, caused great sadness in his mother, Carmen Jimnez. Together they decide that the best thing is to put land in between and move with the other six children to Madrid with the only condition imposed by Carmen on her husband: a reply from the Great Power to be able to pray during the long afternoons in which their children fought .

The house of Prncipe de Vergara 3, General Mola later, became a reference for the Madrid fans as a source of bullfighting. The chapel of the house was presided over by ‘He who can do everything’, as the Welcome people refer to it. Every afternoon they fought in Las Ventas they spent as much to say goodbye without knowing if they were going back as to say thank you. An unconditional ritual.During the bullfight, Carmen prayed with her daughter Carmen Pilar and her daughters-in-law Mara Luisa (my grandmother)o Concha (Juan’s wife).All afternoon waiting for the best news: “No news”. Success or failure was what mattered least to them, hoping that they would overcome the constant game with death that is bullfighting without mishap.Antonio Bienvenida was also a Brother of the Great Powerfollowing the devotion instilled: “My father taught us bullfighting and my mother, the faith,” he said publicly.

Before, at the outbreak of the Civil War, the Black Pope protected the sculpture by burying it in the courtyard where they used to fight in the hall. That garden where the children learn all the luck of bullfighting. She remained three years underground, preventing it from being desecrated by the militiamen who on more than one occasion ransacked the family home. In 1976 the family, withAngel Luis Welcome to the head, gave the baroque copy of the Nazareneto the chapel in the Las Ventas bullring that for so many years has seen hundreds of bullfighters pass by asking for their fortune.In 2019 the Center for Bullfighting Affairs of the Community of Madriddecided to restore it at the request of the family. The passage of time had deteriorated the polychrome of the wood – totally darkened -, the textile fabric of the tunic and some members such as fingers or thorns of the crown that had been torn.The work of Marta, Helena and Leonor, the restorers, was fantastic achieving a magnificent result.

In this strange Easter,the Lord has not been able to walk through the streets of SevilleBut he has heard the prayers of many people who need his protection.

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The businessman of the Maestranza before the suspension of the April Fair: “The idea is to expand San Miguel, in September they will lack days but the sector must be reordered”

Hours after the company in the Plaza de la Maestranza in Seville issued a statement announcing the closing of the ticket offices, the decision of the Seviilla City Council to suspend the April Fair this Sunday has changed the times for Ramn Valencia, manager of Pags : “The events have been precipitated although it was expected. To think otherwise was far-fetched.”

Valencia had planned, and has, a meeting this Monday with the Lieutenant of the Big Brother of the Maestranza and a meeting of the board of directors of the bullfighting employers’ association, Anoet, is also called: “We want to expand San Miguel in September. the extension of the April Fair, if not to a week. But first we have to reorder the sector, coordinate ourselves, see if we are capable of being reasonable and putting something on its feet. hours will be missing. ” In the mentideros there was also talk of moving the Fallas to September, a month even more bullfighting than August with the september fairs France -Arls and Nimes- in Valladolid, Salamanca, Logroo, Albacete … “August was also called September”, suggested Ramn Valencia.

The businessman of the Maestranza respond to EL MUNDO to be in permanent contact with the Government Delegation – “I already have the fertilizers on the street” – and with the bullfighting employers – “we will ‘meet’ by videoconference” -, he concluded. Subscription heifers are also canceled. On Easter Sunday, April 12, the season was going to start at the Maestranza with Morante de la Puebla, Alejandro Talavante – who reappeared after Arls was suspended – and Roca Rey.

The situation for the bullfighting sector is devastating waiting this week for what will happen with the San Isidro Fair. The subscription renewal was scheduled to start on March 26, one day after the presentation of the posters.

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A new Perera emerges between Morante’s bullfighter and El Juli’s teacher

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Manuel Perera offers El Capea, El Juli, Morante, Padilla and Manzanares
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I already warnedMorante de la Puebla to Zabala de la Sernain this newspaper a few weeks ago that bullfighting should return to the purity of the capeas and talanqueras. From the eighties generation of Julio Robles or Jos Mara Manzanares, the figures did not pass through the centenary rite of Ciudad Rodrigo. An incredible setting. Fans piled up in thetablaos-as is referred to as the wooden lines that make up the rectangular square of the municipality of Salamanca and run the peas of the place.

The interest of seeing atfigures in the genuine frame, with the city council, increased by announcing with the cattleFrancisco Galache. Salamanca iron of Vega Villar origin, favored by the figures of the 40s, 50s and 60s. They squandered class as a whole.

The first, fat and about to be cinque, bulge a lot. In each step you sink your fish in the sand so loose. Morante himI blew some vernicas with their seal, especially rocked by the left pitn. The smile flowed from the corner of the Seville genius every time he saw the good quality of the brochette galache overflowing on the flights of the cape. He doesn’t care that he came out with his face high, that he sometimes lost his hands, that he was walking. The start with the crutch shook the tables of the square,the freak crazy with art on the move. Bullfighting walking, so forgotten and so wonderfully resurrected by Morante. The auctions, bullfighters and varied. The natives of immense naturalness, in round, the harmony of the whole, was a lesson of bullfighting. What comps. All bullfighting, the fundamental and the accessory, with an inimitable taste and temper, without a twitching gesture (ear).

Juli also had fun with the second fragile. With the cape I taught him easily, always throwing the flights below, accompanying the onslaught with much are. A total mastery of the show: the scene on the one hand and the bull on the other. Enjoy the environment communicating a lot, changing terrain to the steer. Pleasing the Castilian fans, more sober, and carnivals who chanted any gesture of Juan Jos Padilla or Manzanares in the laying. While,Juli curdled it with his left handIn a patient work. Pushing it at the beginning, relaxing to the natural with verticality, without opening the comps, enjoying each crutch. In teacher (two ears).

From the carnival party to the sorna salmantina. When the steer of El Capea appeared, looser of meats and with the expression alive. The atmosphere became skeptical, how to wait, without the runaway breath of the figures.Capea had to work it out. Encourage the environment, try to link the crutches in a task of less to more before a steer with more difficulties than others. Firm the lunge in the afternoon, in the hole of the needles, fell without a slut (two ears).

The room was returned because a pitn was split from the strain. To the top, without horses, I cut both ears and a tail Manuel Perera. Cutting it with the figures is the best prize for thewinner of the Bullfighting Bag of Ciudad Rodrigowhich has been taking new values ​​for more than 60 years. Novilleros from all over the bullfighting world have the possibility of overcoming tempting stages until they reach the final that is celebrated with erales. Five winners, four at a festival and the winner at the star festival of Carnivals of the Bull. Perera, at the gates of his debut with picadores in Olivenza, wasa torrent of ambition. He showed good conditions with a more messy eral than the steers previously dealt with. There were passages of good bullfighting, much settlement and excessive value. He went behind the sword, straight like a candle. Ciudad Rodrigo awarded with the maximum trophies – two ears and tail – to the winner of his bag that among many fans and ranchers forward with effort every year.

The story of Manuel Perera becomes more prominent when one knows what he has overcome: A year ago, returning to his native Extremadura after participating in a qualifying phase of the Bolsn suffered a serious car accident. After several operations for cranial injuries and a silent fight he managed to recover and return to fight in summer. With all the future ahead and many bullfighters excited about their evolution, how Miguel Angel Perera or Julio Aparicio who, from the laying,they asked for the tailFor this novillero to consider.

The bullfighters left after taking a bath of crowds, amongselfiesand excited hugs, and the people continued with their party, with their tradition, with their bull as the central axis of their celebration.

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