Pope Benedict XVI.
Item dimensions: 74 x 64 x 16 mm.
Gem weight: 99 g.
Saint Petersburg. January, 2013
To His Holiness
Pope Benedict XVI
Begging your indulgence, Your Holiness, I ask you to accept the portrait of Your August Majesty as a gift, and afford me the honor of presenting it to you, Your Holiness, in person.
If my work is not beneath what motivated me to create it, I ask Your Holiness to accept the humble confirmation of my complete obedience, as both a scientist and an artist, to Your Holiness Supreme Pontiff. I beg you, Holy Father, to accept my deep and sincere gratitude.
Professor Victor Petrik
Russian Academy of Natural Sciences
Academy of Sciences and Arts
International Academy of Sciences of Ecology, Safety of Humans and Nature
Saint Petersburg Academy of History of Science and Technology
Russian Academy of Technological Sciences
The portrait was ordered shortly before the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI by a famous Italian businessman Flavio Carboni, a close friend and partner of Silvio Berlusconi.
The meeting of Master with Flavio Carboni in his office in Rome.