Friday, May 30, 2008

Annigoni and Monte Cassino

Pietro Annigoni (June 7, 1910 - October 28, 1988)
Pope Victor III (Abbot Desiderius) receives from St. Benedict the Rule and the Pastoral Letter 1972
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Chapel of the Vestry , Monte Cassino

Abbot Desiderius (abbot 1058 - 1087), later became Pope Victor III. The monastery reached the zenith of its influence under Abbot Desiderius.

Pietro Annigoni (June 7, 1910 - October 28, 1988)
The Glory of St. Benedict 1979
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The Basilica at Monte Cassino

During the Second World War, the monastery buildings complex was pulverised by aerial bombardments. Restoration followed and the monastery and basilica were re-consecrated by Pope Paul VI in 1964.

The restoration work has continued since then.

The distinguished artist Annigoni was only one who contributed his services.