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Vatican Museum: Beauty that Unites 39

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.

Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino (1591-1666) – St John the Baptist – Vatican Museum, Art Gallery, © Musei Vaticani

© Musei Vaticani
© Musei Vaticani

It is neither a myth nor a dream,
it is not a vision or a utopia,
it is not a fairy tale,
but it is a singular and unrepeatable event:
Jesus of Nazareth, son of Mary,
who at dusk on Friday
was taken down from the Cross and buried,
has victoriously left the tomb.
The proclamation of the Lord’s Resurrection
lightens up the dark regions of the world in which we live.

(Benedict XVI, Easter Urbi et Orbi Message, 2009)

Under the direction of: Paolo Ondarza

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07 May 2020, 08:15