200-Year Anniversary Celebrations Continue At Basilica Of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral In NYC With New Mural Icon By Guillermo Esparza

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200-year anniversary celebrations continue at The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral In New York City with new mural Icon of The Deisis by the American iconographer Guillermo Esparza, the Artist-in-Residence at The Basilica, as part of Esparza's on-going award-winning sacred art exhibit “Arcanum Angelorum” (“Mystery of the Angels”).

On October 28, 2010, a blessing of the mural icon will take place in a private ceremony in the Holy Name Chapel (the lower church) of The Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City. The occasion is the blessing of the mural Icon of The Deisis by Guillermo Esparza, the Artist-in-Residence. The blessing of the mural Icon will be celebrated by Msgr. Donald Sakano, The Basilica's presiding pastor.

The mural Icon of the Pantokrator, the Deisis, depicts Christ in His Majesty (“Majestas Domini”). The figure to the left of Christ is John the Baptist, Prodromos, the Fore-Runner. The figure to the right of Christ is the Virgin, Theotokos, Mother of God. The Deisis means “prayer, or supplication”.

The mural Icon is dedicated to the memory of the late Archimandrite Thedore Roberto Guadalupe Isaias Moreno (1931–2009); Don Manuel Martinez Esparza (1889–1955); and Gilberto Martinez Esparza (1916–1989). It is presently being displayed in the Chapel and is on loan from Maria Andriasova and Guillermo Esparza’s private collection, as part of the on-going award-winning sacred art exhibit by iconographer Guillermo Esparza, “Arcanum Angelorum” (“Mystery of the Angels”.)

The exhibition will be open to the general public starting Friday, October 29, 2010.

Guillermo Esparza is a world-renowned artist with works in permanent collections at the Vatican Museum in Rome, the Phanar Museum in Istanbul, the US National Archives, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as well as numerous cathedrals, churches, museums, and private collections internationally. Esparza's original compositions for Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Byzantine Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches have had the great distinction of being declared Icons. A visionary in the world of public art in the US, Esparza is the first recipient of the "Percent-For-Art" public commission from the State of Arizona in 1986, thus opening the door to the next generation of artists competing for public commissions. Guillermo Esparza has been honored for his work by His All Holiness Bartholomew I, His Holiness the late Pope John Paul II, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, among others. In 2009 Esparza was the subject of an award-winning documentary film by Los Angeles filmmaker Veronica Aberham, produced by Studio International (Los Angeles, CA - London, UK), "Guillermo Esparza, An American Iconographer". Esparza lives and works in New York City with his wife, the winner of the 2009 "Mozart Award" from Cambridge, UK, Moscow Conservatory and Juilliard School-trained concert pianist and composer Maria Andriasova Esparza, daughter of the legendary Soviet composer Iosif Andriasov.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010
Commemorating the 200-year anniversary of the Basilica through the year of 2016

Holy Name Chapel, opposite 263 Mulberry Street, New York, NY, 10012

9 am and 12 pm, Monday through Friday
Weekends: by appointment only
Please contact the Cathedral’s office at (212) 226-8075, or call 347-419-6585
Please note: The exhibit takes place in the undercroft of the Old Cathedral

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