“I was fearful when I started painting St. Augustine”

The Augustinian Recollect David Conejo is the author of the new painting of St. Augustine which was presented and blessed this Monday, April 29, at the Formation House of Las Rozas (Madrid, Spain). It is inspired by the first known representation of the bishop of Hippo.

Facing a blank canvas is a challenge. For the Augustinian Recollect David Conejo, the challenge was twofold: he had to fill in the space of 162×130 centimeters representing St. Augustine, father and doctor of the Church. For this reason, the artist born in Cartago (Costa Rica) affirms that he felt “fear” for all of this and because the image, which was presented and blessed this Monday at the Casa de Formación San Agustín de Las Rozas (Madrid, Spain), will be an image of worship and veneration. The new painting

The challenge of representing St. Augustine began a long time ago. “When I started classes five years ago, it was one of the projects I imagined I would do someday,” he says. However, David Conejo began this new work on behalf of the community, which wanted an image of St. Augustine, the patron saint of the house. “On my own I wouldn’t have undertaken it because I know it’s very difficult,” he confesses.

The initial fear has turned with the progress of the process into satisfaction; the same that he felt this Monday when he unveiled the canvas that covered the new work, which joins so many representations of St. Augustine. “He is a great saint who has been painted by the best artists of all history.

David Conejo has taken reference to the oldest known representation of St. Augustine: the sixth century fresco of the Lateran Palace in Rome. “My intention is that we remember, on seeing this painting, the first image we have of St. Augustine. The new painting re-edits the fresco, giving it more realism.

It was the Augustinian Recollect Enrique Eguiarte who, chatting in Salamanca, suggested that he approach and take this fresco as the basis for a painting of the bishop of Hippo. “He told me that when I wanted to paint our father, I should take as a reference the oldest image of St. Augustine,” he says. And why? No one has looked at this representation and it is the closest testimony to his death, almost 100 years after his death; it can be more or less faithful to how Augustine was,” he says.

Fray David Cornejo, OAR (wearing black habit) unveils his painting of St. Augustine in the presence of the community of Las Rozas, Madrid.

St. Augustine, contemplative next to the Word of God

The artist explains the painting in which the figure of the saint is surprising. “We can see a man of a certain age. He is not young; he is entering his old age,” he says. Everything in this painting reminds us of the Lateran fresco, the elements are the same. “The dress is a toga, the garment of the free Roman citizen, with a purple stripe alluding to his episcopal dignity. He also wears a robe, the toga of the senators,” he explains. All this “represents its importance for the one who embodied it in Lateran in the 6th century”.

The axis of the painting is the Word of God: “He is contemplative, pointing to the word of God; we see a bishop speaking and interpreting the word. With his right hand he points to the Holy Scriptures; with his left hand he holds a scroll that represents his extensive work.

St. Augustine is barefoot in the painting. This is how it appears in the original fresco, although David Conejo wanted to give it another meaning: “It is associated with the Recollection and its barefoot”.

In the lower left part, another detail. “There is the phrase that accompanies the Lateran fresco: many parents said many things, but this one said it all in the language of the Romans. This makes the spiritual sense resound.

“An Approach” to St. Augustine

For the author, this painting “has meant a more experiential approach to how he is, to his way of thinking…”. With Saint Augustine, as with any work, David has had to carry out a closer study of his figure in order to familiarise himself and represent exactly what he wants.

In order to paint St. Augustine, one must always be up to the task. “Something is always expected from a painting of Saint Augustine. He has a personality, a testimony, a written work, his whole spirituality… It is difficult”.

The spectacular work, oil on canvas, realistic and baroque, is already in what will be its definitive place: the chapel of the House of Formation where it was blessed. There he will receive worship and, for many, he will clarify the image of St. Augustine.

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    VATICAN: Ordinary Public Consistory for some Causes for Canonization

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION

    (2017-2019)
    Fray Jay-Jasper Jamelo
    Fray Jovanie Siesmundo
    Fray Joshua Olaivar
    Fray Leonardo Queaño II
    Fray Ricky John Austria
    Fray Ivan Cuison
    Fray Jhyryx Vincent Gamulo
    Fray Jazzy Jeff Montañez
    Fray James Gatinao
    Fray Ralp Andre Cepe Jr.

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Benedicta Marco, AR

     

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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    (2014-2019)
    Fray Delfin Castillo

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    ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Merriam Capellan, AR

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    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR VOCATIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)

    MASS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – SSC-R MANILA

    GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING
    Rome / July 4-6, 2019

    RENEWAL OF MOA WITH THE DIOCESE OF CHALAN KANOA (SAIPAN)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Alfonsa Canon, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    (2016-2019)
    Fray Loreto Ceasar Dacanay
    Sr. Martina de la Santisima Trinidad, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Filomena Castaño, AR
    Sr. Jeraldine Hernandez, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1961-2019)
    Fray Emilio Larlar, Jr.

    (1981-2019)
    Fray Dionisio Selma

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Margarita de la Paz, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
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    Sr. Ma. Alma Alaras, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
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    Fray Casiano Cosmilla

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Vicenta Cutanda, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Radni Caparas

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marcelina Diaz, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Juliana Mandia, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Cirilo Andan
    Sr. Ma. Alma Limotlimot, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1960-2019)
    Fray Walthrode Conde

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION RELIGIOUS BROTHER)
    (2005-2019)
    Fray Teodulo Hayahay

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Lourdes Tanoy, AR

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    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION (RELIGIOUS
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    (2004-2019)
    Fray Rey Tripulca
    Fray Feliciano Campomanes, Jr.
    Fray Jonathan Jamero

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1982-2019)
    Fray Leonardo Pauligue
    Fray René Paglinawan
    Fray Joseph Philip Trayvilla

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    July 11, 2019

    18th PROVINCIAL COUNCIL MEETING

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Gerarda de la Riarte, AR
    Sr. Anacleta Berino, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1976-2019)
    Fray Ceferino Roberto Añez
    Fray Federico Gregorio
    Fray Lauro Larlar

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sen. Marcelo Fernan (Brother-General of the Order)
    Sr. Trinidad de Sgdo. Corazon de Jesus, AR

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    AMRSP BIENNIAL CONVENTION
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    BIRTHDAY
    Most Rev. Buenaventura Famadico, DD (Diocese of San Pablo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1975-2019)
    Fray Regino Bangcaya

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    SEA SUNDAY
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    (Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Griselda Gruba, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1974-2019)
    Fray Dionisio Cachero

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    GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF LOCAL VOCATION DIRECTORS AND
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    Venue: Provincial Curia

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1973-2019)
    Fray Hernando Coja

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    48th PATRONAL FIESTA
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    Fiesta Mass: (Time and Presider—to be communicated later)

    13th PATRONAL FIESTA
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    Fiesta Mass: (Time and Presider—to be communicated later)

    *Special intention for those who perished in the July 16, 1990 earthquake
    (particularly in Baguio).

    MEETING OF THE PROVINCIAL PROCURATORS IN ROME
    Inclusive Dates: July 16-19, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Carmencita Indolos, AR Mo. Cecilia Rosa Talangpaz

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1978-2019)
    Fray Enrico Peter Silab

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    Mo. Ma. del Carmen, OAR (Bacolod Monastery)

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    3rd PATRONAL FIESTA
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    BIRTHDAY
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    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
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    Fray Casiano Cosmilla

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Martina de San Miguel, AR Sr. Martha Llanes, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
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    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1965-2019)
    Fray Emilio Larlar, Jr.

    (1981-2019)
    Fray Samson Silloriquez

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    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
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    Fray Walthrode Conde

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    BIRTHDAY
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    Sr. Geronima Primor, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Vicenta de San Agustin, AR

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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Prudencia de la Virgen del Pilar, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
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    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)

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    Sr. Ma. Irma Castrodes, AR
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Patrocinio Cabanlet, AR

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    Sr. Asuncion de San Jose, AR
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    END OF THE CURSO DE PREPARACIÓN (Spain)

   

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