The somewhat controversial statue of Pope John Paul ll by the sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi (born 1956), which is entitled Conversazioni (Conversations), stands outside Rome's main railway station.
The statue was first unveiled in May 2011 when it was pilloried by the public for looking more like Mussolini than the much loved polish pope.
The statue was subsequently revised by the sculptor, who blamed the foundry workers for the initial 'errors', and unveiled once again in November, 2012. Its reception was slightly warmer, but many still voiced their criticism.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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