Pope John Paul II Statue in Rome Reworked on Advice of Art Experts

King Hassan II of Morocco and Pope John Paul II in 1985. (Jean-Claude Delmas/AFP/Getty Images)

Over at The New York Times website, ArtsBeat reports that a statue of Pope John Paul II in Rome that had been the subject of much debate has been reworked “to take into account the suggestions of a commission of art experts convened by Rome’s mayor.” 

Here’s Elisabetta Povoledo on the criticisms that had been levied against the statue:

“Romans complained that the sculpture didn’t adequately capture the likeness of the beloved pope, who died in 2005, and the six-meter-tall work was belittlingly compared to a sentry box, a bell and a public urinal.”

To figure out how they fixed all of that, head over to The Times blog.