Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Art of Cerezo Barredo

One of the treasures you will find every week in the Subscriber Resource Center (SRC) is the art of Maximino Cerezo Barredo. He is a Spanish Claretian priest and artist who was assigned to Peru in 1970. During the ensuing years he served in various Latin American countries, absorbing the culture of the region and becoming its artistic spokesperson. His striking images take the Gospels proclaimed each Sunday and illustrate them from the perspective of contemporary life in Latin America. Some of his images are heartbreaking.

Sometimes they are playful, and often they are quite moving as they speak to the poverty and oppression as well as the simple joy of the people who live in Latin America. Here, in the image for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, he illustrates the verse “although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the little ones.”

One web site that hosts his art says: “There are liberation theologians . . . and there are “liberation painters.” Maximino Cerezo Barredo is one of them. His drawings have been running, during the past decades, through Latin American publications and passing from one to the other without copyrights or royalties, from photocopy to photocopy until they wear out and become almost unrecognizable . . . as true ‘property of the Latin American People’ that they are.”

We have obtained from the artist high-resolution versions of these images for all the Sundays of the liturgical year, and many of the feasts. They are available for you to enjoy, admire, and meditate upon as you share them with your parishioners. There is at least one image of his every week of the year. If you are on the “This Sunday” page of the SRC, you can scroll down to search for the image (his style is quite recognizable), or you can use “Cerezo” as a keyword to find it immediately. On the “All Resources” page, you can execute a keyword search like “Ordinary Time 14, Year A, Cerezo” to find the image for any particular Sunday, or just enter the artist’s name, “Cerezo Barredo,” to see all his works for the current year. Take some time to explore Cerezo’s work—you’ll be glad you did!

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