Tuesday, June 14, 2005


One of the finest paintings in Rome is Velazquez's portrait of Innocent X Pamphilj at the Doria Pamphilj Gallery. Famously, the Pope himself described it as 'troppo vero' - too realistic. It captures the character of a typical Renaissance Pope - crafy, not without intelligence, but with a certain weakness.

It's interesting to see how the (often distasteful) modern artist Francis Bacon was inspired by this masterpiece of portraiture.

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