Pope Francis Along With Sheikh Al Azhar Launch New Artworks for Museums

Two distinctive and rare artworks have been unveiled by Pope Francis in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He is the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Another senior authority present in this event was Dr Ahmad Al Tayeb, Grand Imam of the Al Azhar Al Sharif.

The two new artworks were launched at the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Zayed National Museum. Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Al Mubarak said that it is indeed a moment of pride for the entire nation. Furthermore, these artworks will attract a lot of visitors in the museums. Each piece of art exhibits a different faith promoting cultural harmony and tolerance at par. Needless to say, these two factors are instrumental in creating a cordial intercultural and interfaith association.

According to the sources, the first artwork named ‘Christ shows his wounds’ is a 16th century wooden sculpture. It is either hailed from Germany or Austria. The statue of the Christ depicts him carrying a crown of thorns exhibiting his wounds. The authority said that this life-size statue was carved in the late Gothic period which aptly express the Christian faith.

On the other hand, the second artefact is a 4-page Blue Quran manuscript from 800 to 1000 A.D. According to the insights, this piece of art will be showcased at Louvre Abu Dhabi from the Zayed National Museum collection. The speciality of this Blue Quran is that it is written in Kufic script engraved with unique blue-dye parchment. People are saying that it must have scripted under the patronage of some wealthy person during that phase.

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