Restorations Past & Present

While art ideals may be eternal, paintings, sculptures, frescos, tapestries, and historic buildings are sensitive to the ravages of time.  The Patrons of the Arts mission is to restore and protect important works of art in the Vatican Museums. Learn more about The Michigan Capters’ restorations and the work of the restoration laboratories below.

Current Restorations

Raphael Tapestry: The Blinding of Elymas

Currently, the chapter is restoring a Raphael Tapestry, which is pictured below.  Please CLICK HERE to read about its history and restoration. In  July 2017 Father Daniel Hennessy, LC, our International Director, provided us with this update of the project which will be completed in 2020.

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Restoration of the Vatican Gardens: Madonna della Guardia

Currently, the chapter is restoring a large section of the Vatican Gardens referred to as Madonna della Guardia, Out Lady of the Guard.  Please CLICK HERE to read about its history and restoration.

 

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Chinese Embroidered Silk Tapestry

This rich Chinese imperial artifact of colorful silk embroidery and gold leaf detailing depicts the family clan of Emperor Xianfeng, whose name means universal prosperity.  CLICK HERE to learn more.  In  July 2017 Father Daniel Hennessy, LC, our International Director, provided us with this UPDATED PROGRESS REPORT.IMG_0606


Past Restorations

Sistine Chapel Fresco: Events in the Life of Moses by Botticelli

Can you imagine the world without the Sistine Chapel?  Neither could the newly organized Michigan Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums.  That is why, in 1999, the Michigan Patrons took on the responsibility of raising funds for the restoration of the Botticelli fresco in the Sistine Chapel.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the history and restoration of the precious work.

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The Candlesticks on the Pope’s Altar

Located in the Pauline Chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father’s private chapel, the altar candlesticks were restored by the Michigan Chapter of the the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museum as part of $4.6 million restoration and restitution project.  CLICK HERE to read more.

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Three Crucifixes Restored from the Barocchi Crucifixes Collection

In January 2015 restorations were completed on three beautiful crucifixes, thanks to the generosity of Tony and Suzanne Rea of the Michigan Chapter.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the crucifixes and to view a video.

 


The San Damaso Courtyard Fountain

The San Damaso Fountain is in the Apostolic Courtyard which is used for access by visiting dignitaries.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

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The Borgia Apartments by Artist Pinturicchio

The Borgia Apartments are a suite of rooms in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican adapted for personal use by Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo de Borgia) in the late 15th century.  The Pope commissioned the artist Pinturicchio to decorate the walls and vaulted ceilings of his apartment.  CLICK HERE  to learn more about the Borgia Apartments’ history and restoration.

Sala dei Santi, lunetta: Disputa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria

Sala dei Santi, lunetta: Disputa di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria


Madonna & Child with St. Jerome and St. John the Baptist

This 16th century oil on wood altar piece by artist Marco Palmezzano was recently restored thanks to the generosity of the Stange Charitable Trust through collaboration with the Michigan Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. CLICK HERE to read more about the history of the piece and restoration process.

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Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist and Saint Jerome


Female “Bundu” Costume

Female %22Bundu%22 Costume Bundu_1This rather unusual artifact is located in the Ethnological Museum gallery of the Vatican Museums.  It is a ritual costume worn by the female Sande secret society of the Mende People living in Sierra Leone, West Africa in the 19th century.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

 

 

 

 



Ten Beautifully Decorated Glasses

Funded by Dr. Miguel and Irene Lis-Planells


Constantine Monogram

Funded by Michael Marz & Bethe Moore


Sandstone in Sarcophagus Lid

Funded by the Michigan Chapter


Mythological Statuettes

Funded by the Michigan Chapter


Slaves and Workmen Carrying a Colossus in the Swamp Barocchi

Funded by the Michigan Chapter


Wrestling the Beasts in the Coliseum 

Funded by the ALTIGS Family (now with the Washington NW Chapter)


Camassei’s Cain and Abel

Funded by the ALTIGS Family (now with the Washington NW Chapter)


Statue of Perseus

Funded by the ALTIGS Family (now with the Washington NW Chapter)