Friday, October 31, 2008
Pietro Cardinal Gasparri (1852-1934)
He was Cardinal Secretary of State from 1914 to 1930. Mostly of "Lateran Pacts" fame, he also played a major role in making the 1917 Code of Canon Law happen. He was the Papal legate to the 14th centennial celebration of the Abbey of Monte Cassino in 1929, 15 years before this grand and significant place was gutted. From 1916 to 1934 Gasparri was Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church. This is a very beautiful painting that looked even better when I saw it during an exhibition in Rome last year.