A Jolly Old Pope

IMG_7469(Chicago, Illinois) Well, there was the matter of the Inquisition’s treatment of the Jews of Rome during his pontificate, and he was the one who ill-advisedly excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I of England, but he was born to a poor family in Bosco Italy in 1504 and labored as a shepherd until the age of 14 before joining the Dominicans.  Any clues who we’re talking about here?  How about Antonio Ghislieri who was unanimously elected Pope Pius V on January 7, 1566, and is best remembered for forging the formidable alliance between Venice and Spain that resulted in the decisive naval victory over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571.  I chanced up this posthumous bust of Pope Pius V at the Art Institute Chicago the other day and wanted to share it with all of you.  Oh, and so you know, Pope Clement XI canonized him on May 22, 1712, so feel free to ask Saint Pius to intercede for you, even in matters not involving the Turkish navy.

Posthumous Bust of Pope Pius V, about 1650 by a follower of Alessandro Algardi.  Terracotta.  Now on display at Art Institute Chicago.

Posthumous Bust of Pope Pius V, about 1650 by a follower of Alessandro Algardi. Terracotta. Now on display at Art Institute Chicago.

 

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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