2888. But, you might point out, Faldoni was the only one of the group who was completely innocent. Not only had he done no painting on the picture in question, but he was the one who pointed out the mistake in the first place. It was quite obvious to anyone that he, of all people, should have been released. But unfortunately there was a separate problem, something very seriously incriminating that could not be overlooked, even by the Pope himself.
2889. During the investigation into the causes of the
mistake in the mural everyone who had anything to do with the project
had their rooms searched, and that search included Faldoni’s cell with
his numerous portrait heads painted on the wall. The ecclesiastical
police found the paintings very curious to say the least, but it was not
their job to have opinions about art.
2890. What they did find suspicious were the paints and
painting materials Faldoni was using to paint his little masterpieces.
As you know, he was in the habit of removing things from the work site
that had been left over or neglected, and over time he had gathered in
his cell an assortment or painting materials. None of these things
amounted to much, there were various nearly worn out paintbrushes, and
assorted pigments, all of them earth colors of little more value that
2891. But among Faldoni’s pigments was found a jar of ultramarine blue, four ounces of extremely pure ultramarine blue that he himself had ground up for the master who had simply neglected to take it away when Faldoni was done making it.