Photograph of Pope John XXIII by Karsh

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Yousuf Karsh. Pope John XXIII. ca. 1960. Mounted silver photograph in its original presentation folder with Karsh's photographic logo from his Ottawa, Canada studio on front of. Image is 7-1/2 x9-1/2 on a 10-1-4 x 13-1/2 photographic mount. Identified and signed lower right recto. Karsh's photographic stamp mount verso.

Pope John XXIII was born Nov. 25, 1881, Sotto il Monte, Italy and died June 3, 1963, Rome; beatified Sept. 3, 2000; feast day October 11) Pope (1958 -1963). He studied theology in Rome, was ordained a priest in 1904, and held a variety of church offices. In 1944 he was named papal nuncio to newly liberated France, where he successfully revived sympathy for the Vatican. Made a cardinal in 1953, he was elected pope after the death of Pius XII (1939-1958). Because of his advanced age, he was expected to be little more than a caretaker in the office, but instead he became the major reforming pope of the century. Eager to lead the church into the modern era, he called the Second Vatican Council in 1962, inviting Eastern Orthodox and Protestant observers to join Catholic delegates. He also sought to repair relations with the Jews. The council went on to make major reforms in Catholic liturgy and administration, though John died before its conclusion. An energetic advocate of world peace, he was one of the most popular popes in history. In 2000 he was beatified by John Paul II (1978 2005).

Karsh was born in Mardin, Turkish Armenia, 23 Dec 1908. Canadian photographer of Turkish Armenian birth. He moved to Canada in 1924 and worked as an assistant in his uncle?s photographic studio in Montreal (1926-8). He studied photography in Boston from 1928 until 1931. He opened his own portrait studio in Ottawa in 1932. His front cover for Life magazine (30 Dec 1941), a portrait of Winston Churchill, was the basis for his fame and career as a portrait photographer, which involved many of the most important contemporary figures from the worlds of politics, science and the arts

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