MARY, OUR MOTHER

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A stunning exhibition has been opened in Rome on the holy patrons of the Old Continent.

The Saints Who Make Europe

A stunning exhibition has been opened in Rome on the holy patrons of the Old Continent. Martyrs and confessors, monks and virgins, angels and kings, depicted by the greatest artists. An event that goes against the tide, born from the visionary mind of a humble mountain priest 

by Sandro Magister


ROME, October 16, 2009 – Painted by El Greco in 1585, and kept in the Louvre in Paris, the "Saint Louis, King of France, and a Page" is on display until next January 31 in Rome, together with dozens of masterpieces by artists like Van Eyck, Memling, Mantegna, Caravaggio, Tiziano, Veronese, Van Dyck, Murillo, Tiepolo.

An exemplary king and Christian, the "Saint Louis" of El Greco depicts the encounter – sometimes happy, sometimes troublesome – between the "civitas" and the "ecclesia," between power and grace.

And this is precisely the title of the exhibition inaugurated on October 7 in Palazzo Venezia by the Italian head of state and by the Vatican secretariat of state: "Power and grace. The holy patrons of Europe."

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