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Italy: Virgin Mary cradling black refugee ‘Jesus’ stuns Milan02:10

Italy: Virgin Mary cradling black refugee ‘Jesus’ stuns Milan

Italy, Milan
January 18, 2018 at 23:10 GMT -00:00 · Published

An art exhibition featuring a duplicate of Michelangelo’s Pieta featuring the Virgin Mary holding a Nigerian refugee in the place of Jesus opened in Milan's Poggiali gallery on Thursday.

Scores attended the opening to witness a non-conventional work of art with many lining up outside the gallery to take a peek.

Artist Fabio Viale revealed that he met Lucky Hei, a young Nigerian migrant of the Christian faith, in a refuge facility in Turin. "He understood my project and decided to pose for this photo. It's very evocative," he said.

Lucky Hei is the first exhibition of the Poggiali gallery in Milan which opened its doors on January 18.

Italy: Virgin Mary cradling black refugee ‘Jesus’ stuns Milan02:10
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An art exhibition featuring a duplicate of Michelangelo’s Pieta featuring the Virgin Mary holding a Nigerian refugee in the place of Jesus opened in Milan's Poggiali gallery on Thursday.

Scores attended the opening to witness a non-conventional work of art with many lining up outside the gallery to take a peek.

Artist Fabio Viale revealed that he met Lucky Hei, a young Nigerian migrant of the Christian faith, in a refuge facility in Turin. "He understood my project and decided to pose for this photo. It's very evocative," he said.

Lucky Hei is the first exhibition of the Poggiali gallery in Milan which opened its doors on January 18.

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