Nine months after becoming pope, Francis is about to have his own portrait in what is Italy's sole wax museum, which opened in the capital in 1958.
The statue of Pope Francis will go on display December 8,
after two months in the making at the hands of three craftsmen
using seven kilos of clay, seven kilos of silicone, and a lot of
attention to detail.
''My grandad was a circus impresario. He took the show on
the road, and discovered the wax museums in London and Paris,
where he 'stole' the idea,'' said Fernando Canini, who inherited
the museum from his grandfather and decided to immortalize
Francis in April.
The pontiff's face has been made by sculptor Otello
Scatolini, who also created that of John Paul II.
''The job is done following the old traditions. You lay the
clay on by hand, following your eye and your craft'', said
''The hardest part is getting the look in the eyes. I got
Pope Francis pretty fast: less than 48 hours - maybe because I
Makeup Academy Professor Davide Bracci, a film veteran who
worked on the sets of Italian horror maestro Dario Argento, then
cast the head in silicone, adding glass eyes and teeth, and then
sewing the eyebrows and the hair in.
The completed head and a pair of silicone hands were then
set on a wood, resin and foam-rubber body.
The final step, the garments, came courtesy of tailor
Pope Francis in his wax version will join five other popes
in the museum, including his immediate predecessor Benedict XVI,
becoming its 75th statue.