Art Atheist Paints the Pope

“Oh, you are my Raphael!” Pope Benedict exclaimed, whilst a German self-confessed atheist was drawing him during a recent audience in Rome, reports The Art Newspaper. Leipzig based Michael Triegel will reveal his early sketches for the painting of the pope during an April exhibition of his work and the completed art work will be given to the Pope in September. As the Pope did not want an extended sitting for the portrait, Triegel had to gather as much material as he could during his brief papal audience, when he was allowed to draw and photograph the pontiff. Once the painting is completed it will be hung in the foyer of the Institut Papst Benedikt XVI in Regensburg, which collects and studies the writings of the Pope. For full source and full article click the Headline). Irish Art