The Sculpture “Resurrection” . Notice anything “special”?
Resurrection is a sculpture created by Pericle Fazzini between 1970 and unveiled by Pope Paul VI in 1977 and dominates the stage of the Vatican hall where the pope’s general audiences are held.
”The Resurrection” is molded in red bronze and yellow brass and measures 66 feet by 23 feet by 10 feet.
The large sculpture, commissioned by Pope Paul VI in 1965 , was realized in five years, from 1970 to 1975 , by the sculptor Grottammare for the ‘ Aula Paolo VI , also known as Aula Nervi named after its designer , in the Vatican .
Pericle Fazzini was chosen after four years of selection 1970 – in 1975 and was made available to the church of San Lorenzo in Piscibus for the realization of the work.
The statue was inaugurated on September 28th 1977 in the presence of the reigning Pope Paul VI .
From 3 October to 12 December 2011, the statue was subjected to a cleaning operation led by Professor Giuseppe Farina.
The sculpture extends over a width of 20 meters and occupies the entire middle section of the bottom wall of the classroom. At the center is the risen Christ who, soaring, emerging from a chaos indefinite depicting the death.
His long hair and beard are moved by a wind blowing from left to right, and his arms are open, his face exudes an inner pain.
The rest of the sculpture is a collection of natural elements fused with each other and not well-defined as rocks, twigs and roots.
On the occasion of Easter 2013 , the Vatican Post Office have dedicated this sculpture a stamp of €0.85.
”Suddenly there came to me the idea of Christ preaching peace for 2,000 years, and the place where He prayed for the last time: the olive grove of Gethsemane,” said Mr. Fazzini in a book about the work.
”I had the idea of depicting Christ as if He were rising again from the explosion of this large olive grove, peaceful site of His last prayers. Christ rises from this crater torn open by a nuclear bomb; an atrocious explosion, a vortex of violence and energy.”
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Pericle Fazzini – artist , sculptor & painter
The Sculpture of Pericle Fazzini “Resurrection”, backdrop of the interview room. In a view with two mirror image halves, notice anything “special”?
Pericle Fazzini is among the largest and most celebrated exponents of international sculpture. His works are held in major private collections and major museums around the world including the ‘ Hakone open air museum in Japan , the Tate Gallery in London , the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome , the ‘ Art Institute of Chicago , the MOMAT of Tokyoand the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal .