Art for this Sunday: A Kiko Argüello Icon Showing Jesus’ Burial Shroud

Fear not! I know you are looking for Jesus the crucified. He is not here, as risen, as He said. Come, see the place where he lay, and quickly, go and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead, and behold, before you to Galilee; that’s where you will see him. ‘ Look well, I told you!  — Matthew 28: 5-7

imageWho is Kiko Argüello?  According to Wikipedia:

Francisco José Gómez de Argüello y Wirtz (born January 9, 1939) is a Spanish artist and, together with Carmen Hernández, co-initiator of the Neocatechumenal Way. Argüello was born in León, he studied fine arts at the Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid and in 1959 was awarded a Special National Prize for Painting. In 1964, he began what would become the Neocatechumenal Way in the slum of Palomeras Altas in Madrid.

On May 13, 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Degree by the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. The institute underlined "the strong commitment of the Neocatechumenal Way on family issues" by its emphasis on "the experience of the ‘domestic celebration’ with which it sends families on a mission." It also pointed out the value of the lay group’s "promotion, together with other ecclesiastical organizations, of major initiatives in support of the family," especially the "Family Day in Italy and the 2007 Feast of the Holy Family in Madrid."[1]

Note: Inline image is on the Notas Impertinentes (Naughty Notes) blog.

2 thoughts on “Art for this Sunday: A Kiko Argüello Icon Showing Jesus’ Burial Shroud”

  1. As much as anyone studies the Shroud, there is always a new revelation awaiting. I find this depiction quite a revelation in expressing the words of the Gospel and relating it to the Shroud. “Come see…” Yes, indeed.

  2. Interesting. One of a series of vast paintings decorating a cathedral in Madrid. The figures are much taller than life-size. Interesting too is the slightly incongruous round stone upon which the angel is perched. Perhaps surprisingly, given the biblical justification, round stones are very rare in Quem Quaeritis iconography, both ancient and modern.

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