The APLAR 5 Conference, which occurred September 18-20th, demonstrated the further role advanced lasers can play in the world of art restoration. Special thanks to our California, D.C., and Florida Chapters for their help in securing laser technology for the Vatican that is the envy of the museum community. For more on the conference or to apply for abstracts see their website here.
Welcome to Dr. Tim Gray’s Lecture: Altar of the Aesthetic
Why does the Catholic Church take such an interest in the arts? How do the spiritual and material worlds mix in the creation of beauty? Did you miss Dr. Tim Gray’s compelling Webinar on Art, Aesthetics, and Religion? If so, don’t fret – for just a few more days, you can watch it at this link: http://augustineinstitute.org/pavm-live. Thank you to our Colorado Patrons for organizing this event!
The Scala Santa are known to be the same steps that Jesus took to reach Pontius Pilate during his passion. Then, in the fourth century, it is reputed that the stairs were brought to Rome by St. Helena (the mother of Constantine). Since that time, pilgrims have visited the steps and climbed them on their knees. This obviously means a great deal of wear on these stone relics. Today they are protected by a casing of wood – but even so, recently, Mary Angela Schroth of the PAVM noted the wear and tear that the over 2 million penitents per year put on the stairwell and the surrounding chapel of San Lorenzo. In response, the Vatican Museums are coordinating a 10 year restoration project. As a part of this effort, the DC Chapter of the Vatican patrons recently invested in a laser that can clean stone, stucco, paintings, metal, and wood without damaging the precious artwork.
This labor of spiritual renewal, through a re reexamination of the relics of Christian history, is part of a pattern in current Church philosophy. “It’s an essential part of this new reform that’s going on right now in the church,” says Ms. Schroth in interview with EWTN News. Because the Holy Father has been an avid patron of the arts, it has meant renewed interest across the Catholic world. Pope Francis even attended an arts event this past October that raised awareness of the Patrons Office and our important restoration work.
With further Papal support, Schroth hopes the holy stairs inside the San Lorenzo Chapel will find the support they need to continue to “raise the faithful to a higher level” (no pun intended). Ms. Schroth is a keen advocate of how the arts are directly related to faith and eloquently pleaded her case in this interview.
Michigan Chapter Hosts the Vatican’s Famous Swiss Guard
En Garde! On August 4th the Michigan Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts hosted Daniel Anrig, Commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard. They enjoyed fine Italian food and good company while learning about the oldest active army in the world!
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Have YOU ever climbed the Holy Stairs? The imperative of conserving the Scala Santa and Chapel of S. Lorenzo was the topic of Mary Angela Schroth’s presentation on August 12th at St. Michael’s Church in Cary, NC.
Thank you to Douglas Brinkley, North Carolina Chapter Board Member, for sharing these pictures with us!
The Northwest Chapter of the PAVM hosted two very impressive events this past July:
On July 11, at the Portland seaside retirement community of Spring Ridge, the Northwest chapter of the PAVM held an exhibition that showcased important works including paintings by Picasso and Dali and casts by Michelangelo. Rick Altig, Tom James and Gary Lawrence (from Lawrence Galleries) were on hand to lend their expert and fascinating insights. Every month the Northwest PAVM chapter will hold another in their “Journey of Art” Series for 60+ people. In connection with the Lawrence Gallery, pieces are brought to patrons who can enjoy the artwork without the need to travel to a museum.
The next day (July 12th) the Chapter held “The Unveiling of Michelangelo’s Pieta” at The Lawrence Gallery. A 1:1 replica of the statue in Rome, it boasts heads crafted from Michelangelo’s original casts.
Following the success of these events, Jennifer Lamb will be presenting a monthly series “Journey of Art” which will continue to bring lecturers and intriguing pieces on loan to the Northwest. Click on this link for updates on the Northwest PAVM and the series http://www.nwpatrons.com/.
Thanks to Ms. Lamb for your support and for expanding the presence of the Patrons Office in the Northwest – doing great things to help inspire interest in our organization!
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On a lovely summer evening on July 24, over one hundred guests gathered in the beautiful courtyard of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in Chicago to be enchanted by the jazz and view some of the patrons’ past and current restoration projects. The event featured the completion of The Madonna and Child with Mary Magdalene adopted by the Ad Limina Pilgrims, in honor of Cardinal George.
Without the generosity of patrons like you, these important restored works would be lost to time. Congratulations to our Illinois chapter president Anne Shea for helping the Patrons Office build a future by revisiting our past! Find out what is coming up in Chicago by visiting here!
On March 24, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Patrons of the Vatican Museums held a kickoff event for clergy. Pictured are Fr. Michael Rock O.de M., Msgr. Joe Nicolo, Sue Cannon and Jim Coffey. All enjoyed the art of the St. Charles Seminary Eakins Room and look forward to more events to help the Rome office restore many great works of art.
Thursday, March 6th, 2014, the Texas Chapter hosted Patrons and guests to a special evening at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH). The event started out with a private tour of the MFAH’s current exhibit, “The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.”
This exhibit is very unique in its kind—it is not often that nearly an entire museum collection (in this case, a rich ensemble of 73 paintings by 25 artists spanning 70 years from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute of Williamstown, Massachusetts) can travel the world. However, the Institute took advantage of their museum’s three year construction period to loan their fine art, showcasing the great French paintings of their “patrons,” art collectors Sterling and Francine Clark, at museums in Milan, Shanghai, and, at present, Houston. Texas Patrons and friends were an appreciative audience, particularly fortunate in their ability to view the spectacular exhibit on a private tour, where they encountered and learned about works by some of the most esteemed French painters of the Impressionist canon, from Monet, Renoir, and Degas to Gérôme, Millet, and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Despite the event’s emphasis on French painting, the focus changed to Italy by the end of the night, as the itinerary for the Texas Chapter’s upcoming group “Pilgrimage to Italy” was revealed at the following reception. This special group trip, taking place in late October 2014, will include exclusive tours through sites in and around the Vatican (from the Coliseum to the Swiss Guard Barracks), beautiful masses at major basilicas of Rome as well as intimate chapels within the Vatican, and even a day trip to Castel Gandolfo. The news was well received by Patrons and inspiring for guests in attendance. We share in this enthusiasm; here at the Patrons Office, we are all very excited to host the Texas Chapter in October!!
March 14, 2014 (Chicago)—On Thursday, March 6, 2014, the Associates Board of the Illinois Patrons of the Art in the Vatican Museums hosted their debut event, “Patrons First Night Out.” Held at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Chicago’s famed Gold Coast district, the multi-generational event attracted over sixty guests including potential young professional members and long-standing patrons.
The Illinois Chapter Associates (Junior) Board was formed in 2013 to raise awareness of the Patrons’ mission and foster membership among young professionals (aged 35 and under). Board members include John Collins, Chairman; Morgan Henington, First Vice Chairperson; Liz West, Second Vice Chairperson; Lauren Brinati, Treasurer; and Chrissy Walker, Secretary.
“The ‘Patrons First Night Out’ event was instrumental in establishing the Associates Board and generating interest in Associate level membership,” explains Anne Shea, president of the Illinois Patrons. “By nurturing a young professional membership base, the Patrons can plan for successive restoration projects and facilitate the future sustainability of the organization and its mission.”
“We are thrilled with the reception that our first event received,” says John Collins, Associates Board chairman. “With the help and expertise of the Illinois Patrons Board, we were able to jump start the Associates, attract new members, and spread the word of the Patron’s mission. We’re now looking forward to hosting our first Associates new member event in June.”
-Anne Shea, IL Chapter President