The Office of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums was pleased to host a group of patients from the Bambino Gesù Hospital, a children’s hospital located in Rome under the administration of the Holy See. Our guests, ranging in ages from 3 to 10, gathered in the Vatican Museums with their siblings and parents for a day of summer camp fun. The Vatican in collaboration with the hospital aimed to provide a day of reprieve for these children who suffered from some form of disability, particularly regarding visual impairments. The children were able to participate in activities that largely incorporated sensory stimulation. They gathered leaves and sticks in the Vatican Gardens, physically interacted with statues and busts in the Museo Gregoriano Profano, and even took a “magic carpet” ride—a mechanism that radiated vibrations from music so those hearing-impaired guests could dance along. Our interns had the opportunity to observe as the children played with sound effects of a dinner party. The children erupted into giggles and clapping as the sounds mimicked a kiss, a breaking plate, and even a burp! Soon after, it was revealed the relevance of the sounds was in connection to the floor mosaic below their very feet, the “Asàrotos òikos” mosaic that is scattered with images of a dirty floor left over in an ancient banquet hall. Through the cohesion of various sensory activities (sight, touch, and sound) that are integral to the experience of artifacts in the Vatican Museums, we hope that the children were able to gain an appreciation for that which is housed within our walls.

Project sponsored by the Italian and International Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, Robyn & Kingsley Mundey and organized by Doctor Isabella Salandri – Public Relations Officer of the Vatican Museums.




June 20th to October 28th, 2018

Vatican City State

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Mexico, San Ildefonso College of Mexico City(l’Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso) will host the exhibit, “Vatican: from Saint Peter to Francis. Two Thousand Years of Art and History” (“Vaticano: de San Pedro a Francisco. Dos mil años de arte e historia”), from June 20th to October 28th, 2018.  The exposition is organized by the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) in collaboration with the Factory of Saint Peter (Fabbrica di San Pietro), the Vatican Apostolic Library (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana) and the Pontifical Sacristy(Sacrestia Pontificia). More than 180 works from the Vatican Collections will be shown in the Mexican capital- of these, 30 masterpieces from the Pope’s paintings gallery (Pinacoteca del Papa) by artists including Titian, Raphael, Veronese, Bernini, Guido Reni, Melozzo da Forlì, and Barocci. The public will have the opportunity to retrace the origins and traditions of the Roman Church through these artistic creations that testify to the enduring faith and devotion of the last 2000 years of history.

The triple Pontifical Tiara of Pope Leo XIII and the Lateran Custody from the Basilica of St. John Lateran’s treasury are also among the “treasures” that will arrive in the ancient lands of the Aztecs.

The exhibition is co-curated by Adele Breda, Pietro Zander, Sandro Barbagallo and Alessanndra Rodolfo.

Spend a Sunday at the Villas of Castel Gandolfo!

April – October 2018

From April to October, with the exception of the months of July and August, the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo will welcome visitors also on a Sunday. With the arrival of the warmer season, the special Sunday opening (from 10.00 a.m. to 15.00 p.m. with last entry at 14.00 p.m.) offers a unique opportunity to organize an out of town trip with all the family, and to be immersed in artistic treasures, beautiful landscapes and the food and wine of the Castelli Romani.

“AUSTRALIA. The Vatican Museums indigenous collection”

29 May 2018
Raphael Hall, Pinacoteca, Vatican Museums

On Tuesday 29 May, six years after the inauguration of the new permanent exhibition dedicated to Australia within the Anima Mundi Museum, the Vatican Museums will present “Australia. The Vatican Museums indigenous collection”, curated by Katherine Aigner, the third catalogue in the series of texts on the ethnological collections of the Pope’s Museums, available in Italian and English, and co-published by Edizioni Musei Vaticani andAboriginal Studies Press.

The volume begins with the history of the creation of the Collection, which now comprises around 300 pieces whose origins date back to the first donations made to Pius XI by the Aborigines of Australia. The culture of the faraway continent is examined in its multiple aspects through contributions from authoritative scholars of diverse cultural extraction, and each individual part of the catalogue has been produced in close contact with the aboriginal communities, in accordance with the philosophy of “reconnection” that characterizes both the recent history of the oceanic territory, and the section of the Vatican Museums that houses the ethnological collections.

Indeed, “reconnection” is the key word of this publication, innovative within its genre, and it is the concept around which the process has developed that has allowed the works to be reconnected with their communities of origin, creating a form of intergenerational dialogue from which entirely current themes have emerged, dear also to Pope Francis, such as the importance of the earth, the law and culture, and the conservation of cultural heritage.

The Anima Mundi Museum is not currently accessible to the public as important renovation works are being carried out, but some works from the Australian Aboriginal Collection will be exceptionally on view on the occasion of the catalogue presentation.

Focus on publications of the Vatican Museums

22 May 2018
Conference Hall, Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums Publications will be the undisputed protagonist of the conference to be held on Tuesday 22 May in the presence of the director of the Pope’s Museums, Barbara Jatta, the Director of the Publications Office Federico Di Cesare, and the Director of the Library, Cristina Pantanella.

The introduction by Barbara Jatta, which will focus on the characteristics and the role of the scientific and educational publishing of the Vatican Museums both inside and outside the museum institution, will be followed by an intervention by Federico Di Cesare, offering a brief historical summary of the various publishing activities and organizational and management decisions that have led to the birth of a fully-fledged publishing house, with registered trademark, within the Museums: Edizioni Musei Vaticani. The meeting will also constitute a formal occasion for the presentation of the 2018 edition of the Catalogue of Publications.

The conference will also include a presentation by Cristina Pantanella of the latest Bollettino dei Monumenti Musei e Gallerie Pontificie (XXXIV edizione) [Bulletin of the Monuments, Museums and Pontifical Galleries (XXXIV edition)] and a detailed illustration of its content. The Bulletin, along with its history and evolution from 1977 to the present day, will be examined during the meeting, with special attention to the scientific contributions received in each edition and their high cultural value.

A NEW MEMBER ON BOARD: Welcome to Martina Suozzo

One month ago we welcomed to our office Martina Suozzo. Her story with the Vatican Patrons goes way back–in the past years she worked as a digital communications and marketing consultant and now she’s back for a permanent position.



“I’m so happy to be part of this amazing team. My goal is to let the world know how precious our Patrons’ contribution to the Vatican Museums is”.


A MATTER OF LIGHT: Nine photographers in the Vatican Museums

MAY 24th – JULY 1st


Piazza del Duomo 12,

Milan, Italy


Photographs by: Bill Armstrong, Antonio Biasiucci, Peter Bialobrzeski, Alain Fleischer, Francesco Jodice, Mimmo Jodice, Rinko Kawauchi, Martin Parr and Massimo Siragusa 

Curated by Micol Forti and Alessandra Mauro 


Free entry 

The exhibition A Matter of Light. Nine Photographers in the Vatican Museums (In piena luce. Nove fotografi interpretano i Musei Vaticani), curated by Micol Forti and Alessandra Mauro and conceived by the Vatican Museums, will take place in the Palazzo Reale in Milan from 24 May to 1 July 2018. The exhibition forms part of the rich programme of events for Milan Photoweek 2018. 

Promoted and produced by the Municipality of Milan – Culture Office, Palazzo Reale and the Vatican Museums, in collaboration with Contrasto, the exhibition derives from the plan to constitute the first photographic collection within the Contemporary Art Collection of the Vatican Museums. 

To achieve the ambitious goal of creating a new collection, it was decided to offer an opportunity to reflection and experimentation: to transform an historic, social, multicultural, “ritual”, or rather, fully symbolic location such as the Vatican Museums into the object-subject of the creative work of a group of international photographers, diverse in terms of research perspectives, education, origin and style. 

“The splendid halls of the Palazzo Reale make this first presentation in a public institution even more special”, states the Assessor for Culture for the Municipality of Milan, Filippo Del Corno, “recounting in images one of the most well-known and significant museums in the world. Nine masters of photography, Italian and foreign, take an original approach to a place that is unique and precious in terms of art, history and architecture: the Vatican Museums”. 

The photographers chosen to work within the Vatican Museums are Bill Armstrong, Peter Bialobrzeski, Antonio Biasiucci, Alain Fleischer, Francesco Jodice, Mimmo Jodice, Rinko Kawauchi, Martin Parr and Massimo Siragusa. Each one of them has worked in distinct moments and on different aspects of this multiple museum, producing nine autonomous works that document and interpret the interior and architectural space of the halls, the flow of visitors and the memories that daily animate the people and spaces, the works on display and those conserved in the deposits, signs of wear and tear, and bodily traces. 

It is the first time that a Museum has commissioned a production of this type, aimed at constituting a new photographic collection inseparably linked to the museum itself, which becomes both its subject and its recipient. “To commission from a group of “voices” and “eyes” from the international art scene a sort of reportage that opens the doors of the Vatican Museums, showing them in their complexity, is a bold operation that demonstrates the vitality of a unique place, not without contradictions”, writes Barbara Jatta. 

The project A Matter of Light. Nine photographers in the Vatican Museums is intended to construct a series of pathways between imagination and memory, documentation and interpretation, composing a collection of images that may become an archive of the present, a tool for understanding and observation, a key allowing access to future studies, through visions that, though diverse, are all current and necessary in different ways. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a book edited by Edizioni Musei Vaticani and Contrasto, with essays by David Campany, Giovanni Careri, Micol Forti, Barbara Jatta, Johanne Lamoureux, and Alessandra Mauro. 

The operational costs of this exhibition were sponsored thanks to the generosity of Mr. Peter Farrell, from the  California Chapter and the NY Chapter (Carlson Estate).

and the New

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A joint exhibition by City of Milan-Department of Culture, Palazzo Reale and Vatican Museums

“Fabrics, textiles and decorative arts from sacred to profane”

15 May 2018 | 04.00 p.m.
Conference Hall, Vatican Museums

A particularly rich and dense meeting organized by the Vatican Museums for Tuesday 15 May. Indeed, three volumes, all published by Edizioni Musei Vaticani, will be introduced by the Director of the Pope’s Museums, Barbara Jatta, on the theme “Fabrics, textiles and decorative arts from sacred to profane”. “Vestire i Palazzi” (edited by Alessandra Rodolfo and Caterina Volpi), “Lusingare la vista” (edited by Adriano Amendola) – both part of the Dentro il Palazzo (Inside the Palace) series –, and “Il Papa e le sue vesti” (by Marzia Cataldi Gallo) will be presented by exceptional speakers such as Professor Antonio Paolucci, former Director of the Museums, Gail Feigenbaum, Associate Director of the Getty Research Institute, and Alessandra Rodolfo, curator of the Vatican Museums Departments of XVII-XVIII Century Art and Tapestries and Textiles.


The Vatican Museums at the Turin Book Fair

The participation of the Vatican Museums in 31st edition of the International Turin Book Fair (Lingotto Fiere 10 – 14 May 2018) has been confirmed for 2018.

In a joint exhibition stand, Edizioni Musei Vaticani and the Libreria Editrice Vaticana– the publishing houses of the Pope’s Museums and the Holy See respectively – will display not only their latest publications but also upcoming titles. The Museums, in particular, will also bring to the Fair the Catalogue of Publications 2018.

Un giorno, tutto questo” (One day, all of this) is the title chosen this year for the Fair, which has been organized around five fundamental questions: “Who do I want to be?”; “Why do I need an enemy?”; “To whom does the world belong?”; “Where do spirituality and science lead me?”; “What do I want from art: freedom or revolution?”.

Responding to the challenge of the theme of this 31st edition, the Vatican stand has been structured as an open space, permeable to ideas, depicting the two publishing houses as two semi-cylindrical tower elements opening out towards the outside, independent but complementary, symbolizing the vital and generative force of religion, the Word and the spirituality of art.

The Vatican Museums receive as a gift the notebooks of one of its most illustrious directors: Bartolomeo Nogara

Wednesday May 2nd, 2018

On Wednesday May 2nd, thanks to the gift from Baroness Rosanella Lello Nogara and the ambassador Bernardino Osio, the Vatican Museums Historical Archive will receive 41 handwritten notebooks of Bartolomeo Nogara, distinguished Director General of the Pontifical Museums and Galleries from 1920 to 1954, the year of his death. At the moment of his appointment as Director of the Museums, on 1 October 1990, Nogara was able to benefit from a twenty-year knowledge of the Vatican cultural institutions: as Latin scriptor of the Vatican Apostolic Library and Special Director of the Gregorian Etruscan Museum from 1900, and Conservator of the Profane Museum of the Vatican Library from 1903.

He was the director who accompanied the Museums in the renovation process that followed the signing of the Conciliation between the Church and the Italian State in 1929, and in the structural changes that followed the birth of Vatican City State.

In his 34 years of service at the summit of the Pope’s Museums, Nogara substantially renovated the administrative structure of the Institution, guiding it towards a new and modern phase, aimed at planned conservation, grass-roots campaigns of cataloguing and inventory-taking, and functional planning of restoration. In accordance with this approach, the Research Laboratories were established from 1923 to 1932, and the Cabinet for Scientific Research and Applications from 1939 to 1942, still fundamental to the activity of the Museums. Under his guidance new arrangements for the collections were inaugurated, the Missionary Ethnological Museum was created in the Lateran Palace, the new monumental entrance to the Museums was realized and a special building was constructed for the Vatican Pinacoteca, designed by the architect Luca Beltrami.

The generous donation of the notebooks, in which Nogara wrote down the salient events in his long and fruitful service and his reflections from 1921 to 1952, offer to the Museums a new and valuable source for the history of the Institution, which owes much to the esteemed Director.