Art: Truth & Reality

To celebrate the sooth anniversary of Fra Angelico's death, the Vatican last week opened a great exhibition of his paintings drawn from as far away as San Francisco. Pope Pius XII himself addressed a crowd of artists and officials at the opening of the show, took occasion to offer some philosophic thoughts on the nature and state of art.

Fra Angelico. the Pope pointed out. lived in an age of transition; it was as violent as the present. One of the first Renaissance masters, he invented and perfected new means to express eternal truths. His pictures, said the Pope, present an "ideal...

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