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Aside from sending "his" firemen, Pope Francis wished to further underline his concrete closeness to the earthquake-afflicted areas of Central Italy by allocating a fixed group of two teams of restorers from the Vatican Museums to carry out delicate conservation works on works of art recovered from the churches that collapsed or were damaged as a result of the recent earthquake. Initiatives in support of the populations affected by the earthquake and local businesses and farmers also include the promotion of a "solidarity menu" in the refreshments areas of the Pope's Museums based on products typical of the area.
Small gestures for a rebirth based on the defence and affirmation of the cultural and gastronomic identity of a population.

The restored New Wing reopens

The New Wing of the Vatican Museums reopens to the public following important conservation work. This gallery was realised between 1816 and 1822 at the behest of Pope Pius VII Chiaramonti, in order to house the magnificent papal collection of classical sculptures. The impressive restoration, particularly complex and choral on account of the different professional figures involved, related to both the architectural structure and the approximately 140 sculptures displayed.
The work, made possible thanks to the funds raised by the Governorate of Vatican City State and the generosity of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, was directed by the Vatican Museums Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities and that of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, with the collaboration of the Technical Services. The visit to the New Wing forms part of the Museums' usual display itinerary, and is included in the entry ticket price.
Press Release - "History" - "Restoration" - "Scientific outcomes of the restoration"

The Vatican Museums in Russia for the first time

An exhibition of forty-two Vatican masterpieces will be held from 25 November 2016 to 19 February 2017 in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.
"Roma Aeterna" is the title of the exhibition, which will take to the Russian capital for the first time a large number of works of inestimable value from the permanent collection of the Vatican Picture Gallery in the Pope’s Museums.
"The Vatican Museums, by granting these loans of extraordinary importance, from Bellini to Raphael, from Melozzo to Caravaggio, wish to express an act of gratitude with regard to Russia's long-standing love of Roma Aeterna", stated the Director Antonio Paolucci.
Presentation of exhibition by A. Paolucci

Castel Gandolfo: the Papal Apartment opens to the public

The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo are increasingly accessible to visitors. Following the opening to the public of the Barberini Garden and the inauguration, within the Apostolic Palace, of the Museums of the Gallery of the Portraits of the Pontiffs, from 22 October the most private and reserved areas of the papal residence can also be admired and enjoyed by pilgrims and tourists. Many of the exclusive places in the Papal Apartment will be revealed to visitors: from the Bedchamber to the Private Chapel, from the Library to the Study, along a rich exhibition itinerary conceived, arranged and managed by the Vatican Museums. Press Release
Info: - Book your tour - Calendar 2016 Apostolic Palace
Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo: discover the full tour option!

"Beauty unites us"

On 20 September, the Vatican Museums attended in Beijing the first edition of the three-day event Silk Road International Cultural Expo: an important annual appointment for the “promotion of the cultural exchanges between nations and regions along the Silk Road, with the spirit of the ancient caravan route of peace and cooperation, openness and integration, mutual knowledge and mutual benefit”. Represented by Msgr. Paolo Nicolini, Managing Director, and by Fr. Nicola Mapelli, curator of the Ethnological Museums, the Pope’s Museums demonstrated how artistic beauty in all its expressive forms may unite the peoples of the earth in a single great embrace. Tangible signs of this renewed openness and reciprocal recognition were offered by, on the symbolic day of Friday 21 October, the concert of popular Chinese music at the Guangzhou Opera House and the calligraphic works of the artist Cui Zimo: a meaningful gift that further enriches the already great gift of Pope Francis, of opening to the public the entire Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo.
Msgr. P. Nicolini's speech at the Silk Road International Cultural Expo

Exactly six years after the beginning of works, the restoration of "some of the most beautiful angels of Roman Baroque" comes to an end: eight models in raw earth, planned and modelled between 1661 and 1674 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini himself for the bronze figures of the Angels and the Saints of the Altar of the Cathedra and of the Most Holy Sacrament in St. Peter’s.
After being the protagonists of a conservation intervention, innovative in terms of the techniques and materials used, the works leave their "transparent workshop" – the first visible to the public in the history of the Vatican Museums – to return to their original location, the Vatican Picture Gallery. First, however, they will be on extraordinary display from 16 November in Room XII, for the exhibition "Giovan Lorenzo Bernini and his models".
The visitors will be guided in the discovery of these masterpieces – displayed along with another seven models in terracotta, for different works by the same artist – by detailed display panels on Bernini's creative project and on the phases of the restoration masterfully executed by F. Callori, A. Baltera and F. Cuozzo under the supervision of Antonio Paolucci and the scientific direction of Arnold Nesselrath.
The models on display, of the angels and the heads of the Fathers of the Church, are the property of the Fabric of St. Peter and have been conserved in the Vatican Museums since 1980.
The restoration - Presentation of the exhibition

The Vatican Museums are organising the "Second Vatican Coffin Conference" in the context of the Vatican Coffin Project. From 6 to 9 June 2017 international scholars of note will deliver papers on different topics concerning Egyptian decorated wooden coffins.
Sessions will also be dedicated to discussion of the results of the analyses applied to the study of coffins. The technique is, in fact, part of a wider context, which naturally implies other artefacts, a certain environment, a social and economic context, a particular moment in history, an ideology, and a certain level of progress.

Innovation in the tradition of an Institution

"Case Study Vatican Museums" is the title of the workshop held on Friday 13 October, at the Campus of LUISS Business School in Rome, to study and analyse the case study by Oxford University dedicated to the Vatican Museums and the operation of managerial renovation, digitalisation and openness implemented in recent years, which has led to their becoming one of the world’s most visited museum complexes and a model of virtuous and successful management.
Programme - Abstract
Presentation by Barbara Jatta, Deputy Director of the Vatican Museums

We have your heart at heart!
18 defibrillators installed and more than 300 guards trained in first aid

In a place of emotion, wonder and participation such as the Vatican Museums, there is no lack of attention for the care and safety of visitors due to the development of a cardio-protection programme along the entire museum itinerary. Thanks to an innovative training project managed by the Vatican Directorate of Health and Hygiene, in collaboration with the Bambin Gesù Paediatric Hospital, the members of the Guard Corps will keep watch not only over the works of art but also the visitors, should they find themselves in need of first aid treatment with the use of a defibrillator. An alliance between culture, technology and safety for a serene and protected tour experience.

Keep your ticket. An invitation for you to a truly special Palace!

Take advantage of a promotion to visit the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo. A special entry fee of 8 Euros is reserved to all those who can present at the entrance in Piazza della Libertà a ticket or booking for a visit to the Vatican Museums. If on the other hand you are already at Castel Gandolfo and have participated in a guided tour, on foot or on board an ecological vehicle, of the Barberini Garden of the Pontifical Villas, keep your ticket and conclude your itinerary at the Apostolic Palace, at the reduced fee of 5 Euros!



For the first time the great painter and etcher Rembrandt, the Protestant master from Leiden, arrives in the Pope's Museums, in the heart of Roman Catholicism, with an exhibition of 55 prints from the Zorn Museum in Sweden and a painting on canvas from the Dutch Kremer Collection.
The curators of this special homage to the Dutch genius are Arnold Nesselrath, delegate of the Department of Arts of the Vatican Museums, and Johan Cederlund, director of the Zorn Museum.
This exceptional exhibition project – a cultural and ecumenical event of historical import, also in the aftermath of Pope Francis' visit to Sweden for the five-hundredth anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation – has been made possible thanks to the special collaboration of the Embassies of Sweden and the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the Holy See.
Essay by Arnold Nesselrath


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