Curator brings NM history back to life

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – Some paintings that date back to the 1700s and have remained in the dark for many years are about to see the light.

They’re religious paintings that until now have been see by very few.

These pictures are a very special part of our Lady of Belen.

It’s believed they were painted around 1750, by a Mexican artist and made their way up the Camino Real.

But time has taken a toll on them and years ago they were put in storage.

But thanks to Curator Josef Diaz, they’re now being resurrected. One has already been conserved and will be part of an exhibit later this year.

“These are very important to history of New Mexico historical documents many paintings came up Camino Real, not many have survived,” Diaz said.

And many of these pictures hung in adobe churches, susceptible to moisture but you’d never know it looking at it now.

And Father Schultz hopes this is just the beginning. He now wants to restore the rest of the paintings. He says it’s about preserving something very important to this community. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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