In January, the Catholic world was stunned to learn that the sitting pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI, was retiring. Effective late February, the retirement would leaves one of the most powerful offices of religious and moral authority once again, leaving millions of believers around the world wondering who their next leader will be.
The Papal Transition: Historical Precedent and Global Catholic Culture
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This month's gallery follows the theme of the Papacy, but looks back in time at the representation of the Papacy in Images throughout history.
Drawing a loose timeline through these images, we see how the depiction of the pope has evolved through visual culture, and how scene, allegory, color and composition contribute to our understanding of his place in history.
We cordially invite you to browse the gallery and to contribute any images you may have the rights to which correlate with this theme.