At the end of the Pope Francis’ two-day visit to the United States, a graffiti-covered canvas was defaced with a swastika and a message that included “the face” of Pope Francis.
Painted graffiti was defacement of a portrait at the Vatican’s National Gallery of Art.
The painting was a “very strong reminder” of the attacks of the Second World War, according to a statement issued by the National Gallery.
The mural was a piece of art created by artist Andrea Bicchieri, a former member of the Italian Communist Party, the statement added.
Bicchieri, who has been at the gallery since 2015, painted the mural in the late 1980s in memory of a member of her group who was killed during the Second Sino-Soviet War.