ROME, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A exhibit focusing on the late artist Andy Warhol's spiritual and religious side has opened at Rome's Chiostro del Bramante.
The show is called "Andy Warhol: Repent and Sin No More," and includes a number of works from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, where the pop-art icon grew up in a devout household.
Italy's ANSA news service said art historians see religious threads in Warhol's art, which has focused on popular culture. Examples include the gold background used in many of his portraits that symbolizes eternal life in the Byzantine art that was prevalent in the Ruthenian Catholic Church in which Warhol was raised.
He also created more-overtly religious works that included his famous "crosses" series of paintings.
ANSA also noted that despite his hipster lifestyle, Warhol maintained his ties to his religion and attended mass frequently. The artist died in New York in 1987 when he suffered a heart attack following gallbladder surgery.
The exhibit runs through Jan. 7.