Figure with Meat, Francis Bacon, 1954
The figure is based on the Pope Innocent X portrait by Diego Velázquez; however, in the Bacon painting the Pope is shown as a gruesome figure and placed between two bisected halves of a cow. The carcass hanging in the background is likely derived from Rembrandt’s Slaughtered Ox, 1655. The painting is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
129.9 cm × 121.9 cm