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Pope John Paul II Statue in Rome Reworked on Advice of Art Experts

136441801 Pope John Paul II Statue in Rome Reworked on Advice of Art Experts

King Hassan II of Morocco and Pope John Paul II in 1985. (Jean-Claude Delmas/AFP/Getty Images)

Over at The New York Times website, ArtsBeat reports that a statue of Pope John Paul II in Rome that had been the subject of much debate has been reworked “to take into account the suggestions of a commission of art experts convened by Rome’s mayor.” 

Here’s Elisabetta Povoledo on the criticisms that had been levied against the statue:

“Romans complained that the sculpture didn’t adequately capture the likeness of the beloved pope, who died in 2005, and the six-meter-tall work was belittlingly compared to a sentry box, a bell and a public urinal.”

To figure out how they fixed all of that, head over to The Times blog.

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