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Episode 37—Sculpting Two Benedicts—Jago

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | May 07, 2019 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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The young Italian sculptor Jago is best known to Catholics for his marble bust of Pope Benedict XVI, which the Pope himself awarded with a pontifical medal. Upon Benedict’s resignation, Jago radically reworked the piece into its current form, Habemus Hominem. In this episode Jago discusses the meaning of marble, how he had to teach himself because his art professors opposed studying the great masters of the past, and his innovative use of social media as a new, decentralized form of patronage.


Jago on Instagram

Video of Jago transforming his bust of Pope Benedict

Article on Habemus Hominem

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Thomas V. Mirus is Director of Podcasts for, hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast, and co-hosts Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. See full bio.

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