The official canonization portrait of Mother Teresa, which will be displayed at her canonization ceremony in Rome on Sunday September 4, was unveiled at 10:00 a.m. this morning at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C.
The portrait was painted by renowned American artist Chas Fagan and commissioned by the Knights of Columbus. It will be displayed on the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica at the mass led by Pope Francis on Sunday, Sept. 4, in which she will be declared a saint.
Chas Fagan, the artist, is a graduate of Yale University. Fagan, who lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina, has painted portraits of all the U.S. presidents.
Fagan is also an accomplished sculptor. Among his works are a bronze of President Ronald Reagan that stands in the Capitol rotunda, and likenesses of Mother Teresa and Rosa Parks in Washington’s National Cathedral. His statue of a young Neil Armstrong stands at Purdue University.
Below, the artist at work–painting the newly canonized St. Teresa of Calcutta (left), and putting finishing touches on a sculpture of Pope John Paul II (right).