Saturday, 21 July 2007

The Borgia Pope

Pinturicchio - Pope Alexander VI with Giulia Farnese plus Jesus enlargedRoman Catholic paedophile priests have been in the news for so long that it's refreshing, rather than scandalous, to find a pope with normal tastes. This fresco by Pinturicchio shows Pope Alexander VI kneeling in front of the Virgin, whose face is that of his youthful mistress Giulia Farnese. After his death, the debauched Pope and his mistress were cut from the fresco, leaving the infant Jesus, now on display in Rome. I've combined both pictures. Click the title link to read more.


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