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Vatican Museum: Beauty that Unites 36

Beauty creates communion. It unites onlookers from a distance, uniting past, present and future. Pope Francis has recalled this on a number of occasions. The Church has always translated the universality of the Good News into the language of art. From this premise, this dramatic moment in history characterized by uncertainty and isolation, gives rise to this initiative which is a partnership between the Vatican Museum and Vatican News: Masterpieces from the Vatican Collection accompanied by comments from the words of the Popes.

Stefano di Giovanni, known as il Sassetta (Siena c. 1400 - 1450), The Madonna of Humility, ancon, tempera and gold on wood, c. 1435, Vatican Museum, Art Gallery, Room II © Musei Vaticani

© Musei Vaticani
© Musei Vaticani

O Mary, Seat of Wisdom, intercede as our Mother
for all the sick and for those who care for them!
Grant that, through our service of our suffering neighbours,
and through the experience of suffering itself,
we may receive and cultivate true wisdom of heart.

(Pope Francis, Message for the 23rd World Day of the Sick, 2015)

Under the direction of: Paolo Ondarza

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04 May 2020, 08:08