a world wide limited edition The Inauguration Of Pope John Paul 111
by Feliks Topolski
The election of Cardinal Wojtyla as the first non-Italian Pope for 450 years is an event which has captured the imagination of the world. His inauguration, attended by kings, heads of state, and leaders of more than a hundred countries, and which was watched through television by an estimated 1000 million people, has confirmed Pope John Paul II as one of the most significant men of our time.
Now, to mark this historic inauguration, there comes a magnificent portfolio of ten original fine-art prints by the distinguished artist Feliks Topolski, in an edition limited to only 850 sets worldwide.
That Feliks Topolski should be the first artist to portray the new Pope is particularly appropriate. His work has included the superb mural at Buckingham Palace of the Queen's Coronation, as well as portraits of such celebrated world figures as the Duke of Edinburgh, Sir Winston Churchill, and all five past Presidents of the United States. Significantly, he has also portrayed three of the Pope's predecessors, Pope Pius, Pope John, and Pope Paul.
Documenting an extraordinary occasion such as the inauguration requires, however, a very special talent — that very talent which has earned Feliks Topolski a world reputation. There can scarcely be an artist who can rival his remarkable gift for work as spontaneous, immediate, and dramatic as the events themselves.
It is thus with his portfolio of the inauguration: ten brilliant studies, full of the atmosphere and movement, the solemnity and exciting colour, of that great day in the square before St. Peter's. A portfolio which, drawn as it was happening, seems almost a living chronicle of its subject. Born in Warsaw, Feliks Topolski has lived in London since 1935. But four years ago, he was awarded an honorary doctorate for "his services to Polish culture throughout the Western world" by the Pope's own university in Cracow. Inevitably, this gives to Topolski's portfolio the added dimension of being a personal as well as an artistic tribute.
Each portfolio, with its dedication in gold to Sua Sanctitas Johannes Paulus Papa II, is to be numbered, dated October 22, 1978, and signed individually by the artist. The ten original fine-art prints in the limited edition, will not be available in any other form again.
Additionally, Feliks Topolski has provided a special portrait of the Pope, from the inauguration, to be published separately in a commemorative edition.limited worldwide to 2,000 original fine-art prints only. Again, each will be numbered, dated and signed individually by the artist.
The portfolio of ten sketches is priced in the United Kingdom at £150.00 and the single individual portrait of the Pope is priced at £45.00.
These two historic editions — a matchless commemoration by the artist flown specially to Rome to record the inauguration — will be in great demand around the world. Nonetheless, the official publication limits set for each edition will not in any circumstance be exceeded.
Early reservations are therefore particularly recommended. Applications should be made direct to the publishers, Blenheim Fine Arts Limited. Any cheque received after the editions have been fully subscribed must regretfully be returned.