REVISED STATUE OF POPE JOHN PAUL 2 INAUGURATED IN ROME



[PHOTO -The newly unveiled Pope John Paul II statue in Rome, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The city of Rome has inaugurated a revamped statue of Pope John Paul II after the first one was pilloried by the public and the Vatican. Artist Oliviero Rainaldi says he’s pleased with the final product, saying it matches his original vision. He blamed foundry workers for a botched assemblage the first time around. When the statue was first unveiled in front of Rome’s main train station in May 2011, it was widely criticized by passers-by as looking more like Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini than the beloved Polish pope. Even the Vatican’s own art critic wrote that it looked like a “bomb” had landed. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) ]

ROME, NOVEMBER 19, 2012 (INQUIRER) The city of Rome has inaugurated a revamped statue of Pope John Paul II after the first one was pilloried by the public and the Vatican.

Artist Oliviero Rainaldi says he’s pleased with the final product, saying it matches his original vision. He blamed foundry workers for a botched assemblage the first time around.

When the statue was first unveiled in front of Rome’s main train station in May 2011, it was widely criticized by passers-by as looking more like Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini than the beloved Polish pope. Even the Vatican’s own art critic wrote that it looked like a “bomb” had landed.

The revisions unveiled Monday focus on the pope’s face: he smiles now and has a neck and more defined chin. The bronze tone is also evened out.


[PHOTO -This combined picture shows Italian sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi's statue of Pope John Paul II before its restoration, left, on Sept. 23, 2011, and at its inauguration after the restoration, in Rome, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP / Gregorio Borgia)]

Revamped statue of Pope John Paul ll unveiled in Rome Updated: 16:48, Monday, 19 November 2012


[PHOTO -The original statue of Pope John Paul II was criticised for looking more like Mussolini than the beloved pope]

A revamped statue of Pope John Paul II has been unveiled in Rome after the first one was pilloried by the public and the Vatican.

The original statue of Pope John Paul II was criticised for looking more like Mussolini than the beloved pope

Artist Oliviero Rainaldi said he is pleased with the final product, saying it matches his original vision.

When the statue was first unveiled in front of Rome's main train station in May 2011, it was widely criticised by passers-by as looking more like Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini than the beloved Polish pope.

He blamed foundry workers for not assembling it properly the first time around.

Even the Vatican's own art critic wrote that it looked like a "bomb" had landed.

The new statue focuses on the pope's face. He smiles now and has a neck and more defined chin. The bronze tone is also evened out.


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