Our Summer Newsletter Is Here!

From restorations of ancient sarcophagi, to the delicate texture of a Chinese Bridal Dress, to the most cutting-edge technology available, the newest issue of the Patrons’ newsletter runs the gamut. Along the way we celebrate the generosity of our patrons and what incredible work their support has allowed us to achieve.

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 12.17.01 PMBeautiful images augment the stories of our work from the past several months. Updates on the work of many of our specific chapters are highlighted and the issue features a behind-the-scenes interview with one of our most accomplished conservationists, Stefania Pandozy. In addition, there is an update from Mary Angela Schroth regarding the fanfare that accompanied the inauguration of the restorations at the Chapel of S. Lorenzo at the Holy Stairs – one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world.

A letter from the Director, Fr. Mark Haydu, frames our spring and summer, outlining our most recent accomplishments and giving glimpses into our future aspirations. Speaking of future facing, we have a piece on a new patrons based mobile application, Patrum. The free app for art lovers allows patrons to create a profile that gives them targeted art news based on their preferences. It also provides users with instant updates, exclusive content, and the ability to communicate within a community of restorers, fellow patrons, and anyone who is interested in the Vatican Museums collection. Please take a moment to download the app and let us know what you think!

When you have a chance, we invite you to piece through our publication and enjoy all the photographs and features. Also, please take a moment to take a look at photos of some of our newest members. We’re so excited to welcome them and we hope you will share this newsletter with anyone who is considering becoming a patron so that perhaps we can see their shining face in the next edition. We look forward to expanding our message and spreading our mission of spiritual and artistic understanding far and wide!

To receive a copy of the newsletter contact info-patrons@patrons.va or to see an online version visit this link.

The Patrons Office Welcomes Our Two Summer Interns

With the Summer Equinox fast approaching (Summer sure feels like it has been here already!) and our visits on the rise, we feel so lucky to welcome some helpful hands and minds: our two summer interns! Each summer, through a highly selective process, students invested in the arts are chosen who then have the chance to volunteer at our office for 3 months.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to engage in the exploration of art and history as well as enrich their lives spiritually. Two new summer interns have only just arrived and are settling into their first weeks here in the PAVM office!

Catherine Shaw hails from Los Angeles, California but goes to school in New Haven, CT. This fall, she will be entering her senior year at Yale University where she studies History of Art. Last summer, Catherine worked as a museum assistant at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid, Spain and is very excited to put that experience to work in our Patrons Office. During her three-month stay in Rome, Catherine is eager to explore the city and, hopefully, learn some Italian.

Parker Williams, a Nashville, Tennessee native will be starting her last semester at The University of Alabama in late August. There, she is working on her degree in Human Environmental Science with a concentration in Apparel and Textile Design. At our offices, she will help us to further develop our PAVM Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram, along with other social media outlets. In her spare time, Parker writes two food and fashion blogs. In addition to learning to speak Italian, she will surely be inspired to expand her blogs after engaging in Roman culture.

We are so excited to have Catherine and Parker for the summer!

If Rome is one of your travel destinations this summer, make sure to stop in to say hi, and introduce yourself so we can get to know you too!

Welcome Catherine Shaw of Los Angeles and Parker Williams of Nashville.

Welcome Catherine Shaw of Los Angeles and Parker Williams of Nashville.