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Image of Pope John Paul II

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Pope John Paul II


Object Type: Photograph
20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2009.0009.0004

Credit Line: Gifted to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts by Mrs. Yousuf Karsh in honor of Museum Director, Mark M. Johnson
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Pope John Paul II (1920–2005) In October 1978 Cardinal Karol Wojtyla became the first non-Italian Pope in 455 years and the first Pope from Poland. This portrait shows him in the Vatican’s Hall of Tapestries. In the exhibition catalog Karsh: A Fifty-Year Retrospective, the artist reproduced a color photograph of the Pope from this session. Karsh was a devout Catholic. Around 1960 he published a series of books about the Mass, the Sacraments, Rome, and the Holy Land with the popular American Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.

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