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Vatican Museum: Beauty that Unites 42

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.

Pietro Vannucci, known as Perugino (1448-1523), The Resurrection, tempera gouache on wood with gilded frame, 1499-1500, Vatican Apostolic Palace, Second Loggia, Third Wing, Apartment of the Pontifical Representative, Library, © Musei Vaticani

© Musei Vaticani
© Musei Vaticani

The Risen One does not go away from us;
the Risen One comes back to us.
"But you must go and tell his disciples and Peter,
'He is going before you...' " .
He comes everywhere, where people most await him,
where sadness and fear are greatest,
where misfortune and tears are greatest.
He comes to shed the light of the Resurrection
upon everything that is subjected to the darkness of sin and death.

(Pope John Paul II, Easter Urbi et Orbi Message, 15 April 1979)

Under the direction of: Paolo Ondarza

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10 May 2020, 08:15