Francis Bacon

Pope I

About this artwork

Francis Bacon acknowledged that he was obsessed with the portrait of Pope Innocent X by Diego Velazquez (Doria Pamphilj Gallery, Rome), which inspired his most iconic works. This work however refers to a photograph of a different pope, Pius XII being carried in procession in the Vatican. Bacon’s ‘popes’ are typically shown screaming, but here he depicts the figure with his mouth closed, staring at the viewer.

  • title:
    Pope I
  • accession number:
    GML 2048
  • artist:
    Francis BaconBritish (1909 - 1992)
  • gallery:
  • object type:
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1951
  • measurements:
    197.80 x 137.40 cm
  • credit line:
    On long term loan from Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Collections, presented in 1956 by the Contemporary Art Society
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2018.

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

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