Stallone Appears in a Raphael Painting. That’s the Italian Stallion When He Was a Baby.

DMA visitor to Vatican City was stunned when he found the subject of a Raphael masterpiece had an uncanny resemblance to – Sylvester Stallone. The Cardinal and Theological Virtues is a 1511 fresco adorning one of the Raphael Rooms at the Vatican. It depicts Pope Gregory IX approving the Vatical Decretals – with a spitting image of Hollywood hardman Sylvester Stallone, 65, looking on.


I suppose I’m not the first guy to say this, but Raphael was more than just a Ninja Turtle; the man could paint.  That likeness of Stallone is a hell of a lot better than that hideous fingerpaint job Leroy Neiman did of him:

If there was any justice in the world, that would’ve been Raphael landing that cameo as the ring announcer in “Rocky III.” @JerryThornton1


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