• Short Summary

    A FIGURE OF THE LATE POPE PIUS XII HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED BY A COMMITTEE OF CARDINALS APPOINTED BY POPE JOHN XXIII FOR THE VATICAN BASILICA.

  • Description

    A FIGURE OF THE LATE POPE PIUS XII HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED BY A COMMITTEE OF CARDINALS APPOINTED BY POPE JOHN XXIII FOR THE VATICAN BASILICA. PROFESSOR FRANCESCO MESSINA, ONE OF ITALY'S LEADING SCULPTORS, HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO EXECUTE THE WORK, WHICH WILL TAKE TWO YEARS.

    TWO YEARS AGO, A COMPETITION WAS ORGANISED AMONG WELL KNOWN SCULPTORS WHO WERE TO SUBMIT STUDIES FOR THE STATUE. PROFESSOR MESSINA WAS INVITED TO TAKE PARTY, BUT REFUSED. LATER THE CONTEST WAS DECLARED VOID AND THE PROFESSOR WAS ASKED PERSONALLY TO PREPARE A SERIES OF STUDIES.

    OF THE STUDIES PROFESSOR MESSINA SUBMITTED, THE COMMITTEE, LED BY CARDINAL AGAGIANIAN, CHOSE ONE REPRESENTING POPE PIUS XII DRESSED IN THE PONTIFICAL REGALIA IN THE ACT OF BLESSING.

    THE FIGURE, IN WHITE CARRARA MARBLE, WILL BE 3.20 METRES HIGH. PROFESSOR MESSINA, 62 YEARS OLD, IS HEAD OF THE BRERE SCHOOL OF ART IN MILAN, AND IS A MEMBER OF ITALY'S HALL OF FAME. HE WILL WORK ON THE STATUE EITHER IN MILAN OR AT PIETRASANTA WHERE HE HAS ANOTHER STUDIO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2QZ0M7YO75MWIW53VCRUO8U7J
    Media URN:
    VLVA2QZ0M7YO75MWIW53VCRUO8U7J
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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