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Museum of Christian Art Architecture - the latest in India

Museum of Christian Art Architecture - the latest in India

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Museum of Christian Art opens for masses
September 26, 2011
Catholic, Catholic, Church, India, Maharashtra,

Mumbai: The Museum of Christian Art, which contains artifacts of centuries old church heritage in the region was inaugurated on Sunday by the archbishop of Mumbai, Cardinal Oswald Gracias.
Calling it a contribution to the cultural heritage of the city of Mumbai, Cardinal Gracias said that though was a recent convert to this museum. He confessed he was not bowled over by the concept of the museum when it was broached to him several years ago, he gradually realized the importance of having such a museum.”The artifacts show that Christianity is not new in this region. There were churches and Christians in the area since seven to eight hundred years,” Cardinal Gracias said.
Housed in the St Pius Catholic Seminary in Goregaon (E), the museum has been put together by a team of professionals led by Fr Warner D’Souza. It includes heritage architects, Ainsley Lewis, David Cordoz and Conrad Gonsalves, historian Prof Fleur D’Souza and art restorer, Jacinta Moorthy. Speaking to TOI, architect Cordoz said they began by collecting things that the churches wished to dispose, which later developed into a fine collection.
Dwelling on the importance of heritage in the cultural life of communities, Fr Larry Pereira pointed out that the first Christian community in the Mumbai region was recorded in Borivli in 1547. Historical records show a group of Marathi speaking Christians in existence at that time.
The first Portuguese settlements in Chaul and Revdanda near Alibaug were already in existence by then. He added that even during the wars between the Marathas and the Portuguese the local Christian communities were not adversely affected and continued to practise their religion.
The museum contains figures of Christ carved in ivory and wood and church altars dating back to 1608. work by priests and bishops, silverware used in churches for centuries. There is an amphitheatre which will be used to screen films and have discussions on art and cultural heritage. .This will make people aware of their heritage in the region,” he said.
Reported by the Times of India Times of India
Pr of. George Menachery says:
September 27, 2011 at 3:01 am
It was quite heartening to read about Mumbai Museum of Catholic cultural heritage, the latest in a series of Christian Historical and Cultural museums in the country. Bombay’s Christian cultural heritage is remarkable not only for its antiquity but also for the quality and size of its achievements in architecture, artefacts in metal, marble, wood, and even granite and ivory not to mention its great treasures in painting of all categories. There have been attempts in the 19th and early 20th centuries on the part of stalwarts like Heras and Hosten to gather items from all over the country in addition to photographs and details relating to art objects of the Christians. I am especially gladdened at the efforts of the Cardinal and the His Eminence’s team of connosseurs and artlovers and others in this neglected field. Those interested may also visit the Palayur (shifted from thrissur 1980), Mt. St. Thomas(2000?), Cochi photos of a number of Mumbai’s Catholic and Protestant architectural and art achievements down the centuries cf.the St. Thomas Christian Encyclopaedia of India esp. vols. I and III.
Museum of Christian Art opens for masses
September 26, 2011
Catholic, Catholic, Church, India, Maharashtra,

Mumbai: The Museum of Christian Art, which contains artifacts of centuries old church heritage in the region was inaugurated on Sunday by the archbishop of Mumbai, Cardinal Oswald Gracias.
Calling it a contribution to the cultural heritage of the city of Mumbai, Cardinal Gracias said that though was a recent convert to this museum. He confessed he was not bowled over by the concept of the museum when it was broached to him several years ago, he gradually realized the importance of having such a museum.”The artifacts show that Christianity is not new in this region. There were churches and Christians in the area since seven to eight hundred years,” Cardinal Gracias said.
Housed in the St Pius Catholic Seminary in Goregaon (E), the museum has been put together by a team of professionals led by Fr Warner D’Souza. It includes heritage architects, Ainsley Lewis, David Cordoz and Conrad Gonsalves, historian Prof Fleur D’Souza and art restorer, Jacinta Moorthy. Speaking to TOI, architect Cordoz said they began by collecting things that the churches wished to dispose, which later developed into a fine collection.
Dwelling on the importance of heritage in the cultural life of communities, Fr Larry Pereira pointed out that the first Christian community in the Mumbai region was recorded in Borivli in 1547. Historical records show a group of Marathi speaking Christians in existence at that time.
The first Portuguese settlements in Chaul and Revdanda near Alibaug were already in existence by then. He added that even during the wars between the Marathas and the Portuguese the local Christian communities were not adversely affected and continued to practise their religion.
The museum contains figures of Christ carved in ivory and wood and church altars dating back to 1608. work by priests and bishops, silverware used in churches for centuries. There is an amphitheatre which will be used to screen films and have discussions on art and cultural heritage. .This will make people aware of their heritage in the region,” he said.
Reported by the Times of India Times of India
Pr of. George Menachery says:
September 27, 2011 at 3:01 am
It was quite heartening to read about Mumbai Museum of Catholic cultural heritage, the latest in a series of Christian Historical and Cultural museums in the country. Bombay’s Christian cultural heritage is remarkable not only for its antiquity but also for the quality and size of its achievements in architecture, artefacts in metal, marble, wood, and even granite and ivory not to mention its great treasures in painting of all categories. There have been attempts in the 19th and early 20th centuries on the part of stalwarts like Heras and Hosten to gather items from all over the country in addition to photographs and details relating to art objects of the Christians. I am especially gladdened at the efforts of the Cardinal and the His Eminence’s team of connosseurs and artlovers and others in this neglected field. Those interested may also visit the Palayur (shifted from thrissur 1980), Mt. St. Thomas(2000?), Cochi photos of a number of Mumbai’s Catholic and Protestant architectural and art achievements down the centuries cf.the St. Thomas Christian Encyclopaedia of India esp. vols. I and III.

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