Pope Art

by Michael Zabel

The Pontiff’s recent abdication of Pope-dom created a media frenzy last week.  The shocking news of the resignation has stunned the Catholic Church as it has not seen a blasphemous act of this magnitude since…well, remember this?

I’ve noticed that many other websites and blogs have decided to showcase some of my favorite papal art before I had the chance, so I will spare you the re-posting of images like Valazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X or any of Francis Bacon’s studies.  However, the rarity that a Pope stepping down from the pulpit coinciding with the nearest an asteroid has ever been to Earth (excluding the one that did in the dinosaurs, of course), I find it appropriate to leave you with Maurizio Cattelan’s installation La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour):

La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour) by Maurizio Cattelan

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