Francis Bacon's Screaming Pope
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Inspired by Battleship Potemkin and Portrait of Pope Innocent X by Diego Velazquez, Francis Bacon painted Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, a scary yet beautiful painting. It’s one of Bacon’s most famous paintings and one of the best display of his iconic violent brushstrokes. The violence contained in this painting is as horrifying as its subject.