Pope Francis is depicted in a painting by Stephen Whatley.

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Pope Francis is depicted in a painting by Stephen Whatley.

September 2, 2013

The election of Pope Francis inspired an immediate slew of biographies, but Stephen Whatley decided he would do something different – he would paint him.

His oil on canvas portrait of the Argentine pope, measuring 70 cm by 50 cm, has now been unveiled at a Westminster Cathedral exhibition in London.

Whatley painted it in a single six-hour session July 14.

Whatley said he had been personally inspired by Pope Francis and felt a "divine push" to portray him.