Historically, the Vatican has been the patron responsible for countless works of art through the march of time, from before the Italian Renaissance until today. Most recently, Pope Benedict XVI blessed a 16-foot-tall statue of Annibale Di Francia, in marble. The statue's blessing took place July 7th along a recess that runs alongside St. Peter's Basilica.
Of some note, the statue reportedly could have cost more than $250,000 and its sculptor had to use the prized Carrara marble.
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