It is very common for painters of icons to copy the work of the great masters of the past, and Kiko Arguello, a founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, is no exception. Here are several icons, including seven associated with the Dodekaorton, which were painted by Kiko. Each one was copied extensively from the work of other artists such as Theophanes of Crete, the famous fifteenth century Russian artist Andrei Rublev, or the fourteenth century artist Theophanes the Greek.
Theophanis Strelitzas, also known as Theophanes the Cretan (“of Crete“) or “Theophanes Bathas”, was a leading icon painter of the Cretan school in the first half of the sixteenth century, and was the most significant figure in Greek wall-painting of that time. Read more about him…
Andrei Rublev, born in the first half of the fourteenth century and a Russian Orthodox saint, was considered to the best medieval Russian Orthodox painter of icons. Read more about him…
Theophanes the Greek was born around 1340 and was known as the mentor of Andrei Rublev. He is also considered to have influenced the Russian Novgorod school of iconography. Read more about him…
Most of the elements of Kiko’s “Last Judgment” fresco were taken from a work done by the Novgorod school in fifteenth century Russia. Click here to read more about that.
Click on the images below to enlarge. Kiko’s are on the left, and those of the earlier artists are on the right.
Much of Kiko’s iconography cannot be said to be original. We should ask then:
1) Does Kiko ever cite the work of these masters that he copied when he talks about his work?
2) Why cannot the work of Rublev or one of the other traditional artists that Kiko copies be used in the communities? Why must it be Kiko’s work, and his work alone that is used?
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Neocatecumenal, Kiko Arguello