Francis Bacon - Study after Velazquez´s Portrait of Pope Innocent X

One of the most famous paintings by Francis Bacon was completed in 1953. The work is one of a series of over 45 variants of the Velázquez painting which Bacon executed throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. In Bacon´s version, the pope is depicted screaming with sinister drapes on a dark, blurry background.

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