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A portrait painted as a perpetual memorial



Permanent remembrance of Blessed Brother Angel Andres

15/04/2008: Spain

The town of Dueñas (Palencia) is the place where was born Brother Ángel Andrés (Lucio Izquierdo López), beatified on the 28th October 2007 in the Vatican with 498 martyrs of the 20th century in Spain. A portrait painted by Jesús Chico will commemorate in lasting form in the parish church of Saint Mary of the Assumption in Dueñas the Blessed Lucio Izquierdo.

Lucio Izquierdo was born in Dueñas on the 4th of March 1899 and was shot in Barcelona on the 8th of October 1836. In 1914 he took the habit of a Marist Brother with the religious name of Ángel Andrés. He exercised his apostolic work in Logroño, Mataró, Barcelona and Madrid. A man of great learning, he graduated in 1930 from the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature. In the last years of his life he worked in the publishing house FDT of the Marist Brothers located in Barcelona. He was the author, among other works, of “The saint of every day” and of a school edition of the Don Quixote of Miguel de Cervantes.

The painting of the artist Jesús Chico has been donated by a friend of the Marist religious. The portrait, which has the proportions of 2.10 metres by 1.60 metres, is based on a photograph of the Blessed taken in 1924 in the interior of Saint Mary of Bellpuig of Les Avellanes (Lleida). The painter has portrayed Brother Ángel Andrés with a book of Don Quixote in his hands, as a memorial of the edition for which he was responsible; at the base of the column of the capital appears the abbreviated name of the Blessed – Lucio.

The portrait of Blessed Lucio Izquierdo is the second work of the realistic painter Jesús Chico which hangs on the centennial walls of the parish church of Dueñas. The same donated last year the painting ‘Christ of the Rosary’.

The information has appeared in “El Norte de Castilla”

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