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That is a lot better than those others. Sounds like a weird place for a gallery. They need a better marketing department to put up some signs or something: Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Just Past the Old Woman Frying Chicken.
By: PT Dilloway on April 2, 2014
What a thrilling life you have led. Such determined exploration is rewarded. I would go on an art tour with you anyday!
By: Tabor on April 2, 2014
quite imposing! fierce, bitter, angry. quite a 'pope'.
By: TexWisGirl on April 2, 2014
what a history lesson- thanks for showing us the comparisons to beter enable us to "see". and seriously? One has to go through the kitchen? I am planning a trip to Italy for next year....will have to put this on my list. Grazie tanto!!
By: Kathe W. on April 2, 2014
Holy cow - that portrait certainly will NOT leave my mind. I may base my next villain on him. He's terrifying! It's amazing that any of the subjects are related considering how different they look.
By: Lexa Cain on April 2, 2014
Once again a fascinating adventure in art. This is my first viewing of the portrait. It does indeed have power. I'm intrigued about the portion from mustache to chin. Is he pursing his lips, biting his tongue, preparing to snarl or some such? Wonderful story about finding the Galleria Doria Pamphilj.
By: Tom Cochrun on April 2, 2014
Stephen: You would make a great guest on TV or radio about art and your career!
By: Michael Manning on April 2, 2014
That is the portrait of a man to be greatly feared. Mercy. Loved the unique way you found it.
By: Akansas Patti on April 2, 2014
It would be just another painting to me without your art appreciation explanation. Thx.
By: Cranky on April 2, 2014
There's a real sneer on this pope's face. You wouldn't want to cross this guy.
By: red on April 2, 2014
Thank you for yet another fascinating story about art. Pope Innocent certainly looks like he would inspire fear in many people!
By: Pixel Peeper on April 2, 2014
He looks like he's ready to jump up and tear somebody limb from limb. Not innocent.
By: Val on April 2, 2014
He looks conniving! Good fir you, not giving up, and for the nun, making sure you got in to the right place.
By: mimi on April 2, 2014
Your enthusiasm is infectious. The portrait is, indeed, intimidating. Your stories make me want to develop more knowledge of the world's greatest artists, but I'd be starting from such a low baseline.
By: Bryan Jones on April 3, 2014
That is one intense looking Pope. He doesn't across as warm person.
By: Daniel LaFrance on April 3, 2014
Velazquez was the most brilliant portrait painter I've ever studied. I've been thrilled to be able to see many of his works here in Spain. It's also incredible what he managed to "get away with"!
By: Mitchell is Moving on April 3, 2014
A truly wonderful work of art.
By: John on April 3, 2014
The third portrait doesn't look like the other 3 in terms of being the same man. Of course, that could just be me as I don't have a good eye for facial recognition. (let's hope muggers never get wind of that) I see what you mean about he the painting exudes the sour disposition of the Pope. That is bizarre how the gallery is in such a out of the way place. About the time I saw a woman cooking chicken, I would of given up.
By: Cheryl P. on April 3, 2014
My, a pirate dressed as a pope could not be a more appropriate comparison! I think he was badly misnamed, Pope Angry? Wow. And yes, that is a spooky lifelike painting, even from the computer screen! (Hang a left at the fried chicken... Hmm...) Cat
By: Cat on April 3, 2014
It "throbs with vitality." I've nothing to add. That's a perfect description. The red is spectacular too. I can imagine staring at this one for hours. Thanks, Stephen. xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on April 3, 2014
That truly is a great portrait in comparison to the others. Not to mention the history you always teach makes for an interesting read! Thanks.
By: Bouncin Barb on April 3, 2014
This looks more like a photograph than a painting - what skill!
By: jenny_o on April 3, 2014
The other works of art seem lifeless when compared to the Velasquez painting. Perhaps it's because it's a more realistic interpretation and he's the only one who has managed to capture the Pope's true persona? I'm not surprised you will never forget this remarkable Gallery and your journey there. It's a lovely post, thank you!
By: Sharon Bradshaw on April 4, 2014
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