One of our hidden gems is a publication that the Vatican Museums Patrons Office originally put out in 2011. The new edition, amended in 2014, now features an introduction by Fr. Mark.
The book is the fourth in the popular “Painted Word” series and includes a reproduction of memorable speeches and letters regarding art and artists delivered by several of our most recent popes.
The text has been illuminated with beautiful photographs of notable Vatican treasures while highlighting the work of the Patrons Office from years past. Specifically, this book reproduces the full text of the “Speech on Memorable Artists” that Benedict XVI delivered on November 21, 2009 in the beautiful setting of the Sistine Chapel, introduced by the words of Card. Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and ornamented by an evocative chronicle of that day from Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums. This is followed by the “Letter to Artists” by St. John Paul II from April 4, 1999, and the “Homily for Artists” by Pope Paul VI from May 7, 1964.
This valuable evidence of the love of the popes for the art world is an exquisite addition to any collection, and the entire series is remarkable for its direct connection to the works in the Vatican Museums.