Vatican Tech to Help Restore Egyptian Artworks

Lasers always make us think of futuristic vistas – a time of self aware robots and a galaxy far far away. However, the lasers that are employed at the Vatican are used to illuminate the past – that is, to restore great works of art. These precise instruments can clear sediment more carefully than any human hand and make sure there is no residual damage to the artwork.


{More on Lasers in Art Conservation: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/05/lasers-art-conservation-duke-university-professor-discovery_n_3550087.html}


Though the Vatican has used lasers in restoration for a while now, new and more modern technologies keep coming to us. The patrons have been instrumental in the acquisition of this kind of tech for use in our work. For example, this past year, the Washington D.C. Chapter secured an ArtLight II laser and it has already been put to use in our important work restoring the Scala Santa at the Chapel of San Lorenzo.

These kinds of cutting-edge systems are coveted by museums around the world and therefore, many other centers of art and culture have requested partnerships with the Vatican for the purpose of using our lasers for their own projects. For example, in mid-October, the Egyptian Museum in Turin will bring masterpieces here to be restored.


(How are they buried? Another collaboration with the Egyptian Museum regarding ancient coffin research: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1300235.htm http://www.vatican-patrons.org/vatican-coffin-research-project-923 )


 

Not only does this mean beautifying these important works, but has the added benefit of allowing our patrons access to pieces from far flung places that they might not otherwise be able to visit.

Keep an eye out for more information on what will be available to see from the Egyptian Museum and the process of their restoration. Other viable partnerships with elite institutions mean more access to spectacularly restored artwork from around the world – all brought to you with the power of lasers.

Department of the Vatican Museums, the Diagnostic Laboratory for Conservation and Restoration of the Vatican Museums, restorer Giovanna Prestipino, wood expert Victoria Asensi Amoros, and the Musées de France (C2RMF) are  collaborated with the Department of Egyptian Antiquities of the Louvre Museum in Paris for their Vatican Coffin Research Project

Department of the Vatican Museums, the Diagnostic Laboratory for Conservation and Restoration of the Vatican Museums, restorer Giovanna Prestipino, wood expert Victoria Asensi Amoros, and the Musées de France (C2RMF) are collaborated with the Department of Egyptian Antiquities of the Louvre Museum in Paris for their Vatican Coffin Research Project

Father Mark’s New Book, Open your Heart to: “Meditations on Vatican Art: Angels”

In his new book, Fr. Mark Haydu traces the role of angels in both Scripture and sacred art throughout the ages. Meditations on Vatican Art: Angels, like his award-winning first book, offers beautiful artwork, richly depicting angels in biblical scenes ranging from serene to dramatic. These works are united with meditations that examine the art through the lens of Scripture, allowing deeper, more meaningful contemplation of God’s love. Readers will enjoy the art reproduced on the 216 pages of this 10 in. x 10 in. hardbound book and can also use it for prayer, group or individual studies and retreats, or any time they are in need of inspiration or assurance that God did indeed send his angels to guard and lead us to  him.

The book is released on November 1st! Stay tuned for dates on Father Mark’s book tour.

The ISBN is 9780764825606 and it is available at VaticanArt.org, Liguori.org, pre-order on Amazon, and wherever fine books are sold.

See a preview of Meditations on Vatican Art on Angels here

The Patrons Office Introduce 2 New Interns

With Fall approaching, the Patrons Office is happy to introduce two new interns.

Keilah Blohm grew up in Monroe, MI and will be 12 Month Patrons’ Office Internship sponsored by our California Chapter. She has a degree in Art History and Italian from Depaul University in Chicago and her masters in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies from the University of Edinburgh. She’s excited to be back in Rome to explore the city more and to work with the Vatican Art behind the scenes. Keilah can’t wait to explore the city and discover new buildings and art.

Originally from Santa Monica, California, Camille Reyes is a Northwestern Grad with a degree in Art History and Urban Studies (‘14), and was Web Manager for the Northwestern Art Review. In her work for The Patron’s Office she is in charge of social media content and maintaining PAVM’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, Crowdrise and Instagram. With her background in art, she couldn’t be happier or more excited to be in such an amazing place, filled with historic treasures. In her time here, Camille is taking in the vast collection of masterpieces at the Vatican Museums and exploring the many churches and other points of interest in Rome.

We welcome both Camille and Keilah and know they will make wonderful additions to our team! If you have a chance to visit our office in Rome, come by and introduce yourself.

Patrons Family Pilgrimage 2015

Join us as we host as the Patrons of the Arts host another Family Pilgrimage to Rome. Take part as a family in exclusive privileges, such as: behind-the-scenes views of restoration projects, a private tour of the Sistine Chapel, and tours of the swiss guard barracks. The event is planned during Christmas break so the whole family can be involved.  Discover Rome and grow spiritually together.  To find out more see our brochure here.

Make sure to sign up by September 20th! Only a few spaces left! This pilgrimage has sold out each year offered.

Please fill out the reservation form on the third page of the brochure (one form per person) and send it in, along with the deposit amount due at this time and a copy of your passport. If you have any questions email Elizabeth Markey (emarkey@ctscentral.net) at Corporate Travel Service or call Suzanne Parran at 800-727-1999 ext. 121

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Fill out this page (one page per person) and send it in

Fill out this page (one page per person) and send it in

Gospel of Luke Daily Reading for September 11th

This happens to be the gospel for today’s reading. A fitting message for September 11th.

Luke 6:27-38
“Jesus said to his disciples:
“To you who hear I say, love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you.
To the person who strikes you on one cheek,
offer the other one as well…”

To see full Gospel click here: http://www.vatican-patrons.org/content/uploads/2014/09/luke-gospel-pavm.pdf

 

 

 

 

11 Chinese Scrolls Restored Thanks to Our Texas Chapter

Check out work from our Texas Chapter!
Gardens blossom in our artistic projects too: one prominent restoration project centers on 11 sumptuous Chinese scrolls depicting flowers in bloom. These beautiful pieces are by Yun Shouping – also known as Nantian (1633 – 1690). He was one of the “Six Masters” of the Qing period and adorned his poetic scrolls with brilliant and intricate flower patterns. The Vatican Museum is dedicated to restoring these unique delicate scrolls so they can be displayed and kept safe from the elements. This restoration was generously sponsored by Robert F. Smith.  Learn more here:http://texasvaticanpatrons.org/portfolio-items/eleven-chinese-scrolls-by-yun-shouping/

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Raise the Faithful- Scala Santa Restoration Project Appears on The Global Catholic Network

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdXWf2hR-lE

Patrons-of-the-Arts-of-the-Vatican-Museum-posing-with-Pope-Francis-at-Fundraiser-Oct.-19-2013-Photo-AP_LOsservatore-Romano

Pope Francis October 2013,(photo provided by Vatican News), poses with the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museum, a fundraising organization for restoring the Vatican’s artistic treasures, on the occasion of their audience, at the Clementine Hall.

 

Mary Angela Schroth

Mary Angela Schroth

La Scala Santa

 

DC Chapter Leader, CEM Martin

DC Chapter Leader, CEM Martin

When the Jesuits Met the Guarani: Colonial Era Christian Art of 17th & 18th Century Uruguay

On Friday, September 12, the Vatican Museums open a traveling exhibition of carvings, paintings, and drawings from historic Jesuit missions in Uruguay. The exhibit, entitled “Maderas que Hablan Guarani”, curated by Luis Bergatta, will be hosted in the museum entrance until Sunday, September 28, 2014. This is the very first time Uruguayan Native/Jesuit pieces like these have been displayed in Italy. See more info here.

These impressive feats of artistry are works claimed from Jesuit missions, known as reductions, built deep in the jungle on the land of Guaranis people during the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, excavations continue on five of these sites, each of which have unearthed intriguing sculptures and native artwork. The pieces on exhibit authentically depict the dedication and skill of those who worked to bring the Christian faith to remote areas in South America. The religious artifacts are a testament to the brave work, profound nature, and universal message of the word of God.

 

Virgin Dolorosa: Woodcarving polychrome . XVII - XVIII. Historical Museum National .0.33 x 0.12 x 0.08 m

Virgin Dolorosa: Woodcarving polychrome . XVII – XVIII. Historical Museum National .0.33 x 0.12 x 0.08 m

Lord of Patience Woodcarving polychrome [ incomplete ] . XVII - XVIII [ s aura . XIX ] .  Historical Museum National . 1.15 x 0.42 x 0.28 m .

Lord of Patience Woodcarving polychrome [ incomplete ] . XVII – XVIII [ s aura . XIX ] . Historical Museum National . 1.15 x 0.42 x 0.28 m .

San Jose and Child Woodcarving polychrome . XVII- XVIII centuries .Monsignor Historical Museum Lasagna Pius College -Villa Colón, Montevideo. 0.28 x 0.15 x 0.07 m

San Jose and Child Woodcarving polychrome . XVII- XVIII centuries .Monsignor Historical Museum Lasagna Pius College -Villa Colón, Montevideo.
0.28 x 0.15 x 0.07 m

 

 

“At the Altar of the Aesthetic” Lecture and Discussion by Renowned Scholar Dr. Tim Gray

Join us September 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM for our Webinar At the Altar of the Aesthetic: A Catholic Vision for the Significance of Art organized by PAVM’s Colorado Chapter and hosted by Dr. Tim Gray.

Don’t miss Dr. Tim Gray’s Webinar from the comfort of your own home.  You can join us via the internet and listen to the talk firsthand in real time. You can join us LIVE via the internet and listen to the talk firsthand in real time. Just go to: http://augustineinstitute.org/pavm-live. To attend in person be sure to RSVP here. Dr. Gray is president of the Augustine Institute in Colorado, a professor of Scripture at St. John Vianney Seminary, and the executive director of the largest Catholic biblical school in the US. He is a celebrated author and a dynamic and much sought after speaker. We are so glad to be able to present his lecture and hope you can join us. 

A very special thank you to Susan Coleman, Karen Haley, and Sally and John Odenheimer for working with the Augustine Institute to make this event happen.

URL link to flyer here. 

See our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/711651148884846/

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Michigan Chapter Hosts Swiss Guard Commander Daniel Anrig

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!

Hour Detroit Magazine covered the event here! Make sure to see the fun!

Check out our Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Patrons-of-the-Arts-in-the-Vatican-Museums/131874896849296

Twitter Post: https://twitter.com/Vatican_Patrons/status/507811404603473921

MIchigan Chapter Leaders John and Kristen Hale, Suzanne and Tony Rea

MIchigan Chapter Leaders John and Kristen Hale, Suzanne and Tony Rea

Joe Rimanelli, Daniel Anrig, Patrick Rugiero

Joe Rimanelli, Daniel Anrig, Patrick Rugiero

Michigan Chapter Leaders John and Kristen Hale

Michigan Chapter Leaders John and Kristen Hale

 

 

David and Michael Wilson

David and Michael Wilson

Ken Soens, Suzanne and Tony Rea

Ken Soens, Suzanne and Tony Rea

 

Jean Chase, Eileen Dluzynski

Jean Chase, Eileen Dluzynski

 

Walter and Doreen Wegmueller

Walter and Doreen Wegmueller

Patty Chiara, Mary Anne Napolitano, Claire O'Reilly

Patty Chiara, Mary Anne Napolitano, Claire O’Reilly

Kristen Hale, Joe DiFranco, Chris Rea

Kristen Hale, Joe DiFranco, Chris Rea

Anthony Rugiero and Swiss Commander Daniel Anrig

Anthony Rugiero and Swiss Commander Daniel Anrig

Anthony, Robert, and Patrick Rugiero

Anthony, Robert, and Patrick Rugiero

Michigan Chapter Leaders Suzanne Rea (left) and Kristen Hale (right) host Swiss Guard Commander Daniel Anrig

Michigan Chapter Leaders Suzanne Rea (left) and Kristen Hale (right) host Swiss Guard Commander Daniel Anrig