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The Magnificence of the Truth. Paul VI, Art and Spirituality is a documentary film born from an idea by Alessandra Riccardi Infascelli and written by Marina Polla de Luca and Maurizio Rossi. An extraordinary portrait that tells the innovative power of a Pope who, recognizing the spiritual urgencies of his time, knew how to dialogue with modernity and opened up the door to a new era of conversation between art and spirituality.

The documentary takes the viewer into The Vatican Museum's Collection of Contemporary Art and to the Paul VI Collection in Concesio, where the greatest exponents of twentieth-century Visual Art such as: Matisse, Chagall, Magritte, Picasso Dalí, Morandi, Fontana, Manzù and Guttuso – still dialogue with great contemporary authors such as: Mimmo Paladino, Emilio Isgrò, Mario Ceroli and Sandro Chia.

Historical testimonies are given by the art critic Achille Bonito Oliva, the historian professor Agostino Giovagnoli and the Director of the Paul VI Collection Paolo Sacchini, as well as archive footage and reflections of great artists such as: Pier Paolo Pasolini and Carmelo Bene.


This extraordinary portrait of the “Pope of Artists” was aired for the first time on RAI 1 on Sunday, October 14, 2018, on the day that Paul VI was proclaimed a Saint.

Feature Documentary - Completed 2018

A Life in Art / Rai Cinema Production

Co-Production & Distribution: Penned Pictures