Those who are familiar with our work know our deep regard and affection for Angelico Surchamp, the Benedictine monk/photographer/artist. His hundred-plus books and thousands of photographs have informed the whole world of the greatness of Romanesque art and architecture. We have already mentioned him in three posts, acknowledging his influence, meeting him for the first time, and honoring him for receiving the Légion d’Honneur from the French people.
We have just discovered that in the town of Evry (Essone) there is an exhibition of Surchamp’s paintings entitled, Itinéraire d’un passeur de Beauté, which translates as The Journey of a Smuggler of Beauty. The Cathédrale de la Résurrection d’Évry hosts the exhibition sponsored by the Agence Nationale pour les Arts Sacrés.
I think that the title referring to the “smuggler” of beauty is so apt, because Surchamp’s texts, which were about religious structures, discovered and communicated an aesthetic from another time and brought it to our contemporary eyes.
Congratulations to the Dom, from his admirers in the United States.