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John XXIII

Artist
Boris Chaliapin, 1904 - May 1979
Sitter
Pope John XXIII, 1881 - 1963
Date
1958
Type
Painting
Medium
Tempera, pencil and ink on illustration board
Dimensions
Sight (Verified): 44.1 x 31.1 cm (17 3/8 x 12 1/4")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Chris Murphy
Object number
NPG.78.TC675
Culture
Pope John XXIII: European\Italian
Exhibition Label
There is no business quite as uncertain as the news business, and everyone at Time magazine, from publisher to cub reporter, experienced this almost weekly. And breaking news could be frenetic, as was the case in November 1958, when the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, convening at the Vatican, announced their selection of a new pontiff, Pope John XXIII. As Time reported, this news affected much of the magazine’s staff, especially Chaliapin, who "set something of a speed record with his portrait of John XXIII." With the reputation as the magazine’s quickest cover artist, Chaliapin regularly cranked out portraits in two days, but this one was finished in less than twenty-four hours.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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