Pope-emeritus Benedict’s Birthday Portrait

Pope emeritus Benedict - new portrait

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI turns 86 today—and at a party in his honor, the German Embassy to the Holy See is unveiling a new portrait of the former pontiff.  The painting is the work of German artist Michael Triegel, nicknamed “Pabstmaler” or “Pope Painter”. TRIEGEL’S EARLY CAREER The award-winning Michael Triegel began his career in 1987 as a graphic artist; but in what he described as a “second birth” in a Roman church, he experienced an artistic awakening which refocused his career.   He fir … [Read more...]