This is from a photograph taken at il Duomo di Firenze (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore). This statue is above and to the left of the main door to the cathedral. It is of Pope Celestine I. Why he’s depicted with his middle finger extended is unknown. Maybe it’s to ward of pigeons (“shoot the bird”), or perhaps it’s making a statement. Our interpretation is it’s his (and thus, the Catholic Church’s) attitude toward everybody. A bold way to tell people to go F*** themselves.
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