Gem in Vatican's art collection gets new look

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Gem in Vatican's art collection gets new look

Post by eccles » Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:17 pm

This is the sort of bullshit that pisses me off

VATICAN CITY – One of the gems of the Vatican's priceless religious art collection — a 6th century reliquary containing the purported fragments of the cross on which Jesus was crucified — has gotten a new look after being restored to its Byzantine-era glory, experts say.

The Vatican on Thursday will unveil the restored Crux Vaticana, a jewel-encrusted golden cross containing what tradition holds are shards of Jesus' cross inside.

The Associated Press was given an early look at the piece, and Byzantine art experts said the restoration rendered the cross much closer to what it would have looked like at the time the Byzantine Emperor Justin II gave it to the people of Rome.

Most significantly, the restoration corrected a botched 19th century restoration that threatened to corrode the piece. And it replaced the brightly colored gems that were added in previous centuries with the large, imperfect pearls that are emblematic of Byzantine-era imperial masterpieces, said restorer Sante Guido.

A circle of 12 pearls now surrounds the relic, and pearls around the cross' edge now alternate with emeralds and sapphires — the two other gems most often associated with Byzantine emperors, he said.

While there are purported fragments of Christ's cross in churches around the world — including at Paris' Notre Dame and even across town at Rome's Holy Cross basilica — the Crux Vaticana is considered the oldest reliquary of the cross and is the crown in the Vatican's Treasury of St. Peter's collection of religious and historic artifacts.

In addition to the relic inside, the cross itself is an important piece of early Christian art: it's a rare example of an imperial gift and expression of the emperor's Christian faith. Across the piece is written in Latin: "With the wood with which Christ conquered man's enemy, Justin gives his help to Rome and his wife offers the ornamentation."

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091119/ap_ ... ored_cross

Now how do the know whence commeth this splinter of wood. It seems there enough pieces of the "True Cross" to build 100 more crosses.

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Next thing they will wheel out is the Holy Foreskin of Jesus:

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I believe there are three of these. They have been stretching out this prick for 2000 years
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Re: Gem in Vatican's art collection gets new look

Post by anadub25 » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:55 pm

Rev Gavin says the crucifix is 'a symbol of love' :roll: Imagine that on your box of Milk Tray 'All because the lady loves..to see you nailed to a cross' :lol:
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Re: Gem in Vatican's art collection gets new look

Post by FXR » Sat Nov 21, 2009 12:51 pm

anadub25 wrote:Rev Gavin says the crucifix is 'a symbol of love' :roll: Imagine that on your box of Milk Tray 'All because the lady loves..to see you nailed to a cross' :lol:
Darlin' ah got ya a Valentines gift: its a whipped anorexic, wearing a barbed wire headband, nailed to two planks........is dat rosemantic or wot?

I imagine if you gave someone a crucifix on Valentines day they's think you were sick in the head.....and they'd be right!
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Re: Gem in Vatican's art collection gets new look

Post by anadub25 » Sat Nov 21, 2009 2:49 pm

Oh FXR you shouldn't have! *swoon*
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Re: Gem in Vatican's art collection gets new look

Post by FXR » Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:54 pm

Oi think I'll start selling barbed wire headbands in temple bar.

Meanwhile in other news from the Petes Mega Palace under the Treasure Dome;

http://www.newser.com/story/13667/pope- ... alism.html
Continuing the Vatican's battle against rampant consumerism on the occasion of Jesus' birthday, Pope Benedict XVI today blasted a pervasive "materialistic mentality" in "the way of living out and perceiving Christmas." The pontiff urged pilgrims gathered below his window on St. Peter's Square instead to "fill your hearts with redeeming hope," reports the AP.

He later prayed at a 150-year-old statue of the Virgin Mary in Rome's premier shopping district. Today's remarks built on the pope's lament in a speech yesterday that ever younger children are being led by adults down the "dead-end streets of consumerism." Benedict's warning echoed the words of predecessor John Paul II, who often cautioned his flock against the moral pitfalls of consumerism.

HELLO, MORK CALLING ORSON, COME IN ORSON, HELLO MORK CALLING ORSON....
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