From this point on, our cultural tour through Santa Eulària des Riu moves out from the town centre to the greater municipality, for which reason we will continue in or on our vehicle of choice, be it car, motorbike or bicycle. The sixth stop takes us to the village of Jesús, located just outside of Ibiza town and home to one of the island’s greatest artistic treasures: the Osona altarpiece.
To view it, we go to the village church, built at the end of the 15th century by the Franciscan Order with the aim of providing religious services for the fishing families who lived outside the city walls. The church and its convent were dedicated to Our Lady of Jesus, but were ceded some decades later to the Dominicans, who also abandoned it, fleeing the constant pirate raids to live safely behind the walls of Dalt Vila
Even back in those tumultuous years, the jewel of the church, its Osona altarpiece, had already been installed in the presbytery, having been brought to the island in the early 16th century. Comprised of 25 tableaux, it was painted in the Valencian workshop of Rodrigo and Franscisco de Osona in 1498 and depicts the Nursing Madonna. Standing 7.5 meters high and spanning a width of 5.10 meters, the altarpiece pertains stylistically to the Late Gothic period. Yet, its execution and composition display elements inspired by the early Italian Renaissance, known as the Cinquecento, whose best-known exponents were Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo.
Summer: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 pm. Saturday at 8:30 pm**. Sunday at 12 noon and 8:30 pm**.
**In July and August it will be at 9 pm.
Winter: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Sunday at 12 noon and 7:30 pm.
Contrary to custom, the porch is not positioned in front of the main entrance of the church, but rather to the left. This anomaly is due to the fact that it was not added until the 19th century.