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Vatican newspaper pays tribute to artist William Congdon

July 18, 2012

L’Osservatore Romano has published an article paying tribute to US artist William Congdon (1912-98) a century after his birth.

Art critic Alfredo Tradigo writes:

The 36-year-old William first travelled to Italy in 1948 and found a horizontal city in Venice, a new light for him: “a light that comes from the East.” An aesthetic experience which then turned into a spiritual one, awaking in him a slow conversion until he finally “surrendered himself” as an Episcopalian to the Catholic Church ten years later.

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  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Jul. 18, 2012 6:03 PM ET USA

    Why anyone would think he's a great artist, I have no idea. I'm sorry, but what he did showed no genius at all. Give me a brush, paint and canvas and I could produce stuff like that in a few minutes, and I am no artist.