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Argentine Exhibit on 'Il Gaucho' brings more than 200 art pieces to the Vatican

2013-05-27

PROF. GIOVANNI MORELLO
'Argentina Il Gaucho'
"It focuses on the character of 'The Gaucho', meaning the rancher, the horseman or in American terms, the 'cow-boy'. Since the 1800's Argentina's gauchos would cultivate the fields and transform the agriculture.”

The display includes a mate cup, where gauchos would drink the biter herb infused tea. There's also the popular outfit the ranchers would usually wear, including the so called 'poncho'. It wasn't just to keep warm though. The type of fabric and style was a way to show their political affiliation. Horses are also part of the exhibit. Apparently those type of horses were brought to Argentina all the way from Spain's Andalucia region. 

Items of the gauchos every day lifestyle, are also on display, including popular characters like priest José Gabriel Brochero, known as the 'gaucho priest'. 

PROF. GIOVANNI MORELLO
'Argentina Il Gaucho'
"We are hoping for the beatification of this priest, because a decree was approved by Benedict XVI. We now hope that our Argentinian Pope will consider declaring him a blessed. They aren't just from the same land, there's also a team effort in play, since Father Brochero worked closely with Jesuits.”

Interestingly it was the Jesuits who introduced Christianity to the 'gauchos'. Now, generations later, the Church is led by an Argentine Pope. Now, organizers are hoping, the Pope himself will make time to schedule a visit. 


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