Don’t you find the red bronze and yellow brass statue in the Vatican Audience Hall, which is a backdrop to the pope’s weekly audiences, disturbing?

We are told that this large, modern artwork represents the resurrection of Jesus and is thus named “The Resurrection”. It is a sculpture which was made by the Italian artist Pericle Fazzini, after he was asked to design something for this modern auditorium.

 As the Associated Press reported in a 1987 obituary for Fazzini: “Suddenly there came to me the idea of Christ preaching peace for 2,000 years and the place where he prayed for the last time: the olive grove of Gethsemane,” said Mr. Fazzini in a book about the work. “I had the idea of depicting Christ as if he were rising again from the explosion of this large olive grove, peaceful site of his last prayers. Christ rises from this crater torn open by a nuclear bomb; an atrocious explosion, a vortex of violence and energy.”

A vortex of violence? Explosion? Christ rising again from an explosion? Christ rising from a crater torn open by a nuclear bomb?

Are you kidding me?

If you had to apply some mirroring effects, when mirrored from the left side, the sculpture literally looks like a shirtless man mixed with a demonic animal like Baphomet figure! When mirrored from the right, it looks like some demonic being as well.

Even if some people like and defend Mr. Fazzini’s depiction, there is no doubt that his work does not present the resurrected Jesus, but it gives the awkward feeling that it is disturbing, pointing to some sort of a “serpent idol” or something demonic.

Why couldn’t they just do a simple cross at the back?

I would feel very disturbed and uncomfortable if I had to be physically present in front of this statue. And thus, it feels more disturbing to know that this is inside the Vatican audience hall.

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