The Resurrection, as of 2013

The Resurrection (La Resurrezione) is an 800-quintal (80-metric-ton) bronze/copper-alloy[1] sculpture by Pericle Fazzini in the Paul VI Audience Hall in Rome.[2][3] Intended to capture the anguish of 20th century mankind living under the threat of nuclear war,[1] La Resurrezione depicts Jesus rising from a nuclear crater in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The sculpture's dimensions are 66 ft × 23 ft × 10 ft (20.1 m × 7.0 m × 3.0 m).[3] The commission for the work was ordered by Count Galeassi in 1965; casting began at the Michelucci Art Foundry in Pistoia in 1972; the final sketch was produced in 1975; and the work was completed and inaugurated on 28 September 1977.

The original work was done in polystyrene and the fumes of the burning plastic gave Fazzini a blood clot during its production.[2] The statue was restored over three months in 2011.[1]

In commemoration of the 2013 Easter, the Vatican Post issued a postal stamp depicting the sculpture.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c Gambardella, Carmine & al. "La Resurrezione by Pericle Fazzini in the Aula Paolo VI at the Vatican: The restoration of contemporary art by sacred multi-disciplinary dimensions". Accessed 29 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b "For us every statue is a prayer". L’Osservatore Romano. 19 September 2012. Accessed 29 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b Associated Press. "Fazzini Dies; Sculptor, 74". Schenectady Gazette, 4 December 1987. Accessed 29 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Stamp: Resurrection of Christ, by Pericle Fazzini, Vatican City (Easter 2013) Mi:VA 1757, Sn:VA 1516, Yt:VA 1614, Sg:VA 1677, WAD:VA005.13, Sas:VA 1614, Un:VA 1627". Colnect. Retrieved 25 August 2022.