Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Religion cartoon: Screaming Pope

As Pope Benedict is due to visit Britain this week, here's a cartoon I did a while back about scandals in the Catholic Church.

This was drawn and coloured completely with brush pens in a futile attempt to recreate one of Francis Bacon's haunting "Screaming Pope" paintings (this one: Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent.)

I was brought up as a Catholic and was even an altar boy, though thankfully I never suffered any abuse (no inappropriate jokes, please!) But, as you can probably guess from the cartoon, I'm now officially in the "lapsed" category.

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7 comments:

  1. Royston I was on twitter last night and so many comments (mainly inappropriate) I wonder what the fall out will be? I had never seen Portrait of Pope Innocent. Your offering is far better. Don

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  2. Thanks Don, not sure I can accept the compliment that my artwork is better than Francis Bacon! Funnier, maybe ;-)

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  3. That's a quote for my website: "Better at drawing hands than Francis Bacon."

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  4. I've got an anecdote about that Francis Bacon painting. Won't recount it in full on here, but if interested, drop me an email!

    Huw

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  5. I know I'm 3 years too late, but Huw is such a tease.

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  6. Heh, he did email it to me though. I'm sure he'll tell you if he can remember it though the fuzzy-headedness of the new dad days!

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