Vatican drops image of bound woman after complaints

ROME (RNS) The Pontifical Council for Culture had chosen a photograph of the 1936 “Venus Restored” sculpture for its Feb. 4-7 conference on women and equality. But the choice of a sculpture bound in ropes to discuss women’s emancipation was deemed inappropriate in some quarters.

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Vatican revives its ancient patronage of the arts

VATICAN CITY (RNS) For centuries, popes sponsored the work of artists such as Michelangelo, Raffaello or Bernini, but the marriage between art and faith became estranged in modern times. With a new exhibit at the prestigious Venice Biennial art festival, the Vatican hopes to revive church patronage of the arts.