Il San Girolamo dei Musei Vaticani

22 March – 22 June 2019
Braccio di Carlo Magno

On the occasion of the celebrations for the five-hundredth anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Governorate of Vatican City State, along with the Vatican Museums, is celebrating the great Renaissance genius with an exhibition that, from22 March to 22 June 2019, will enable the public to admire, free of charge, Leonardo’s celebrated painting of Saint Jerome.

For the solemn anniversary, the work – the only one of the artist in the papal collections – will be specially transferred from the Vatican Pinacoteca to the Braccio di Carlo MagnoinSaint Peter’s Square, where it will be positioned in an exclusively arranged exhibition space.

A document from the Historical Archive of the Fabric of Saint Peter will also be displayed, attesting to Leonardo’s stay in an apartment specially arranged for him in the Vatican Belvedere. In addition, to support and supplement the visit experience, a rich educational accompaniment will illustrate the history of the painting and the diagnostic and restoration works it has undergone, and will also explore the life and the figure of the artist, in relation to the historical and cultural context in which he worked in the second decade of the sixteenth century.

Press Release

“The Life of Saint Jerome” by Benedict XVI (General Audience of 7 and 14 November 2007)

“Introduction to the exhibition” by Barbara Jatta, Director of the Vatican Museums

“The painting – Iconography” by Barbara Jatta, Director of the Vatican Museums

“The painting – Technique” by Barbara Jatta, Director of the Vatican Museums

“Its commission and history in collections” by Barbara Jatta, Director of the Vatican Museums

“Life of Leonardo” by Guido Cornini, Director of the Department of Arts of the Vatican Museums

“Scientific and diagnostic analyses” – Vatican Museums Diagnostic Laboratory for Conservation and Restoration

“The climate-controlled case” – Vatican Museums Conservator’s Office

Useful info

Exhibition: Leonardo. Il San Girolamo dei Musei Vaticani
Location: Braccio di Carlo Magno, St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City
Duration: 22 March – 22 June 2019
Opening hours:Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday-Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m. (last entry at 05.30 p.m.); Wednesday 01.30 p.m. – 06.00 p.m. (last entry at 05.30 p.m.). Closed: Sunday and religious holidays
Ticket: free