EASTER 2013

EASTER 2013  

 

The subject chosen by the Philatelic and Numismatic Office for Easter this year is an image of Christ rising with open arms and an expression marked with suffer, symbolizing his passion and an undefined chaos which represents death. The sculpture is the work of Italian artist Pericle Fazzini (1913-1987), and this year marks the centenary of his birth. The sculpture is 20 metres wide and occupies the entire central area next to the back wall of the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, a work by architect Pier Luigi Nervi. The Resurrection of Christ is the backdrop for the Holy Father’s weekly audience when held in the large auditorium. In the words of the director of the Vatican Museums, Prof. Antonio Paolucci, it is “... perhaps the most widely seen artwork of the 1900s”. Depicted on the Easter postage stamp is an image taken from the preparatory work, which took a number of years, and has itself become a prestigious artistic expression. The small bronze sculpture (147 x 70 x 20 cm) is considered a work of art and is on display at the Vatican Museums, along with the designs, which are part an exhibit celebrating this artist who came from the Marche region of Italy.