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The Jubilee becomes art: One work includes the churches of Rome and the works of mercy

2016-02-25

This drawing has a Latin name and it is called 'Misericordiae Vultus' and it is a graphical representation of how the Vatican Library wants to join in the celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy.

It is the work of Italian artist Pierluigi Isola and represents the seven major churches of Rome: St. Peter, Saint John Lateran, Saint Mary Major, The Holy Cross in Jerusalem, Saint Paul, Saint Lawrence and Saint Sebastian. Of course, unless you use a map, they all appear to be scattered.

(A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

AMBROGIO PIAZZONI
Vatican Library
"Pierluigi Isola has created a mixture between aesthetics and the architectural whim, in which the original route of the seven churches is arranged through slight variations of perspective and rebuilt along an imaginary look. Symbolically it represents the necessary disorientation after finding grace.”

And in the bottom of the painting, you can see the Vatican walls with the Holy Door open as a symbol of welcome. In front, various works of mercy, they are represented.

AMBROGIO PIAZZONI
Vatican Library
"There is a table representing the acts of  nurturing the hungry and thirsty, and there is also a table at the altar, with bread, wine and a book. On the extreme end, you see the representation of mercy in welcoming outsiders and visiting the imprisoned.”

(H, I, J)

Other acts like the washing your feet, listening to those who doubt or cure for the elderly were not left out.

(K, L, M)

Only 200 copies of the Misericordiae Vultus have been produced and the Pope will be receiving one. It is not the first time that the Vatican Library acquires an artistic drawing. The last time this happened was during the Jubilee Year of 2000 with the Forma Urbis Romae, which contained the monuments of Rome.


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