some personal views for Catholic readers
Mmmmm, sorry but I'm not keen on the portrait. It shows the Holy Father (apparently) looking downward and sideways. Not terribly flattering.
Commissioned and all!
@He has got the eyes to a "T".Actually, it isn't that unusual for a Papal portrait painter to work without a sitting; apparently, in modern times it has been extremely rare for popes to grant sittings. James Gillick painted an absolutely stunning portrait of Pope John Paul II elevating the host; it only lacks his voice saying the words of consecration.
Not bad at all I think.
Hmmmmm. Difficult to tell without seeing the portrait itself. Not impressed at this showing. Where's the luminosity, which is surely present in the subject?The Pope looks like a weary old man who is tired of life, which he ain't. The painter may look to the Renaissance for his inspiration but layer upon layer of paint doesn't make it so.
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