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Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903). Engraving. Colored

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Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903). Engraving. Colored

Leo XIII (1810-1903). Italian Pope (1878-1903), named Vincenzo Gioacchino Pecci. Engraving by Knesing in The Catalan Illustration, 1893. Colored

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1893 Aged Catalan Catholic Catholicism Elderly Gioacchino Habit Pecci Pope Ring Vatican Vincenzo Xiii Knesing


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This enchanting colored engraving captures the aged and wise visage of Pope Leo XIII, born Vincenzo Gioacchino Pecci, who reigned as the Bishop of Rome and leader of the Catholic Church from 1878 until his death in 1903. The image, produced by the skilled hand of engraver Knesing for The Catalan Illustration in 1893, offers a glimpse into the past, transporting us to a time when Europe was undergoing significant transformation. Born in Italy in 1810, Leo XIII was a man of deep faith and intellectual curiosity, who dedicated his life to the service of the Church. Seated in his papal chair, he appears thoughtful and contemplative, his eyes gazing off into the distance, as if lost in deep reflection. The pope's habit and papal tiara are depicted in intricate detail, adding to the authenticity and historical significance of the image. The pope's right hand rests on the arm of the chair, while his left hand clutches the Fisherman's Ring, a symbol of the papacy and the authority to govern the Church. The interior setting of the Vatican City or perhaps a grand European palace adds to the regal and sacred atmosphere of the portrait. As the longest-reigning pope in modern history, Leo XIII is remembered for his progressive reforms and efforts to modernize the Church, including the establishment of the Workers' Alliance and the promulgation of the encyclical Rerum Novarum, which addressed the social and economic conditions of the working class. This engraving serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of this remarkable man and the profound impact he had on the world during his time as the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church.

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