To celebrate the Holy Year of 2000 a new entrance to the Vatican Museums was created. In the grand entrance hall stands Varcare la Soglia (Crossing the Threshold), a sculpture by Giuliano Vangi (b. 1931).
This striking work of art takes the form of a man breaking free from a block of marble. The marble bears images, in relief, of Pope John Paul II (r. 1978-2005), who officially opened the new entrance on February 7th, 2000.
The title of Vangi's sculpture refers to both the physical threshold of the museum and the temporal threshold of the new millennium.
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