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The Italian & International Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums group is an association which supports the restoration and conservation of the vast, unique and priceless art collection contained in the Vatican museums, with a special mission to make this artistic historical and spiritual legacy accessible to everyone.

 

Over the years, the Italian & International Patrons have contributed to important restoration & Art Access projects carried out in the Vatican Museums. Below an overview of these:

 


 

DROP OF WATER: CIRCLE OF LIFE BY KENGIRO AZUMA

January 2017

 

 

This artwork was created by Kengiro Azuma in 2011, on the occasion of the exhibition dedicated to the 60th year of priesthood of Pope Benedict XVI. As he was invited to participate to this very important event, the artist decided to pay homage to the Pope by creating this masterpiece. Goccia d’acqua, Ciclo della Vita (Drop of Water the circle of Life) embodies all the special characteristics that make this artist’s production so grand. Moreover, the artwork is marked by meticulous poetic attention to the material and by a symbolic rendering of the subject portrayed.


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STUDENTS LEARN WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE BLIND TO SEE ART IN THE VATICAN MUSEUMS

December 2016
article by Amy Gallant Sullivan, Dr. David A. Sullivan - essays by Patrick Harris & Angelina Kemmett - translations by Ludovica Mazzitelli

 

Thinking back to your formative years, do you recall one moment that shaped you and your perspective, a turning point, which was the catalyst of your growth from child to adult? How would you inspire and motivate young people to reach beyond themselves for knowledge and experience?

 

“I am truly blessed to go to Matignon High School, where such an 'experience' is possible.” So said Angelina Kemmett, a sophomore at Matignon High School, who with Junior Patrick Harris, recently had a private guided tour through the Vatican Museums with a special focus on the multi-sensory exhibit for the visually impaired. Both students won an essay contest at Matignon, an independent and co-educational Catholic High School, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, addressing the question, “Why is it important for the visually impaired to “see” the art in the Vatican Museums?” Eight judges from around the world selected the two winners, with the award a trip with two chaperones to the Vatican Museums.


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TOUCHING ART INTERACTIVE EDUCATIONAL DISPLAYS IN THE VATICAN MUSEUMS

March 2016

 

Touching Art in the Vatican Museums

 

As the Italian & International Patrons promote projects that focus on making art accessible to all, particularly those with disabilities who otherwise would not be able to participate, we have pledged to support the Touching Art Interactive Educational Displays in the Vatican Museums.

 

To allow everyone to experience the collection in the Pio Christian Museum, even the blind and visually impaired, the curators have designed a special tactile display that provides resin casts of five chosen works, accompanied by an explanation. Note that the Pio Christian Museum houses the most important collection of Early Christian sculpture in the world.


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AN EYE ON THE VATICAN MUSEUMS: SEEING THE MIRACLE OF ART

March 2016

 

One of our International Patrons, Dr. David A. Sullivan, of Harvard Medical School and Schepens Eye Research Institute, who has been a Patron since our inception, recently proposed a wonderful idea that will help grow our Chapter and develop relationships with Catholic Universities and Schools.


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PINOCCHIO!

February 2016 - Vatican Museums' Contemporary Section

 

Pinocchio by Venturino Venturi

We cannot tell a lie, we were charmed by the idea of restoring Pinocchio!

 

Venturi’s Pinocchio arrived in the Vatican Collection in 2004, as a gift from the artist’s granddaughter, Lucy Fiaschi. The entire surface of the work was covered in dust. Some areas were damaged and altered by dust and oxidation. The restoration process included a complete makeover and cleaning with scientific research, dust suction, micro-dust suction and the reparation of cracks.


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LASER FOR CLEANING WORKS OF ART

January 2016

 

Thanks to the support from one of our gracious Patrons, Olessia Kantor, along with the California Chapter, we subsidized the purchase of an Eos Syntesis laser. The Eos Syntesis is the first laser system set up for laser cleaning that allows restorers to tune the pulse duration by nanoseconds to hundredths of a nanosecond to microseconds.

 

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MICHELANGELO’S MADONNA DI BRUGES FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED UNVEILED IN THE VATICAN MUSUEMS

June 2015 - Vatican Museums' Pinacoteca

 

Debora Madonna di Bruges per non vedenti Musei VaticaniOn Saturday, 13 June 2015, the Italian and International Patrons of the Arts joined together for a special soirée in the Vatican Museums for the inauguration and unveiling of Michelangelo’s Madonna di Bruges in the Pinacoteca. Michelangelo's Madonna di Bruges, created and formed from the original casts of Casa Caravaggio, was dedicated to the tour for the visually impaired in the Vatican Museums. A poignant and unique experience, all Museum visitors will now be able to touch this masterpiece created by the genius of Michelangelo and recognize the face of the Virgin Mary and her child Jesus.


Guests from Italy and around the world, including the United States, France, Monaco, Finland, Poland, Algeria, Turkey, Switzerland, Australia and Denmark witnessed a splendid occasion embraced by the voices of angels and the miracle of art.  


This extraordinary and memorable evening, organized by the Italian and International Patrons Leaders, Sabrina Zappia and Amy Gallant Sullivan, was opened by the Eminent Cardinal Lajolo with the unveiling of the Madonna di Bruges. Father Mark Haydu, International Director of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Musuems introduced and thanked the Fonderia Marinelli in Florence, together with Ronald and Susan Welborn, Patrons from Texas, who donated this exquisite and hist
orically important sculpture. 


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MANUSCRIPTS

March 2015 - Vatican Musuems

 

manoscritti

A generous Patron supported the restoration of a collection of manuscripts, including a volume recounting the trip of the English ambassador Lord Macartney who, appointed by King George III, traveled to the Chinese imperial court of Emperor Qian Long as well as countries of the tartars.

 

This is the first Italian translation published in Venice and is followed by a second edition in Florence. The document material was comprised of the memories of Lord Maccauley and of Sir Erasmus Gower, who were placed at the head of the expedition. The illustrations were completed by Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society.

 

 

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PIETRO MELANDRI'S MODELS OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS ENTRANCE

January 2015 - Vatican Museums

 

 

pietro melandri entrance vatican museumsPietro Melandri was a famous Italian painter, decorator, designer and ceramist, student of the School of Arts and Crafts of Faenza. In 1921 his ceramics were displayed at the Biennale in Rome and lately, in 1925, at the L’Expo des Arts Decoratives in Paris. In the 1930s he also collaborated with the papal architect and engineer Giovanni Momo for the structural renovation of the Vatican Museum. Melandri continued to work until his death in Faenza in 1976.

 

These two plasters models, created by PietroMelandri, represent the Main Entrance of the Vatican Museums, whichwas renovated by the papal architect and engineer Giuseppe Momo by will of Pope Pius XI at the beginningof 1930s. At present, these are in poor condition, due to the dust that has accumulated on the surface. Many fractures and ...

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MULTISENSORY ITINERARY IN THE VATICAN GARDENS

May 2014 - Vatican Gardens

 

Vatican Museums tour Italian Patrons of the Arts

 

WHO IS IT FOR?


Visually impaired, blind, deaf blind, deaf, mentally disabled and visually impaired visitors interested in experiencing such a  multi-sensorial journey. People with physical disabilities can also access the flowerbed of Hildegard.

INTRODUCTION


The idea of ​​a multisensory guided tour of the Vatican Gardens arises from the need to respond to a repeatedly expressed desire from blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind individuals asking to benefit from a place so unique and so rich in spirituality.

 

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VATICAN MUSEUM MASTERPIECES SPEAK TO THE HEARING IMPAIRED
Art with a Different Tune

June 2013 - Vatican Museums

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VATICAN MUSEUM MASTERPIECES UNVEILED FOR THE BLIND
The Beauty of Art for those who see differently

June 2012 - Vatican Museums

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ART ACCESS PROJECTS:

Touching Art

Touching Art in the Vatican Museums
June 2016

Madonna di Bruges
Michelangelo's Madonna di Bruges for the Visually Impaired
June 2015

Multisensory Tour in the Vatican Musuems Italian Patron Event

Multisensory Itinerary in the Vatican Gardens
May 2014

Italian Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums
Vatican Museum Masterpieces Speak to the Hearing Impaired
June 2013

Italian Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums

Vatican Museum Masterpieces unveiled for the Blind
June 2012

 

 

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