Gianfranco Ravasi

Vatican becomes patron of arts again

Vatican becomes patron of arts again

VATICAN CITY -- Centuries after it helped kick-start Western art, the Vatican is seeking to break back into the art world with its first-ever pavilion at the prestigious Venice Biennale. The display includes a very modern mix of photography and interactive works, as well as recycled materials used by an artist based partly in Los Angeles.

The eclectic mix was inspired by the biblical book of Genesis and commissioned by the Holy See in a bid to repair what church officials said Tuesday was a “fracture” between faith and art over the last century.

The Vatican, which in previous eras commissioned such glories as Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, experienced “an...

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