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The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is a 501c(3) interfaith group that is committed to the restoration, preservation and increase in artistic patrimony of the collections and buildings of the Vatican Museums, while furthering the understanding and knowledge of its members of these works of art through lectures, meetings and visits to the Vatican.

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  • Temporary Closure of Vatican Museums – Virtual Tours Offered

    In response to the global spread of COVID-19, the Vatican and civil authorities have closed the Vatican Museums as a precautionary measure. The anticipated duration of this closure is until April 3, 2020. While in-person tours may be closed to the public at this time, the Vatican Museums are offering several virtual tours for those […]

  • L’Angelo Sterminatore by Mario Ceroli

    By Mia Samaniego “For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood …the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to smite you.” Exodus 12:23 In the above passage from Exodus, Moses relates to the Israelites God’s command to celebrate the Passover meal with the blood of […]

  • Texas Board and Patrons’ Pilgrimage to Rome

    October 1-6, 2019 Several Texas Board members and patrons traveled to Rome and Vatican City on a unique trip which occurs every other year. Only members can participate in this trip, which includes private tours of parts of the Vatican Museums and behind-the scenes looks of the restoration labs.

  • The Texas Chapter’s Newest Project

    An Updated Look on the Noli Me Tangere Tapestry Noli Me Tangere Tapestry – Mia Samaniego, Intern Among the recently adopted restoration projects of the Texas Chapter, Noli Me Tangere (“Do Not Cling to Me”) is a little-known tapestry which depicts the interaction between the Risen Christ and Mary Magdalene narrated in the Gospel of […]

  • Upcoming Events: February 2020

    The International Director of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, Rev. Kevin Lixey, LC, makes his annual visit from Rome to Texas in February 2020. Father Kevin will bring us up to date on the most recent conservation projects at the Vatican Museums.  Join us for an evening reception at one of the […]

  • Pope Francis greets the Chapter Leaders gathered for the 35th Anniversary

    Pope Francis held a special audience for the chapter leaders of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums gathered in Rome to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the organization. In his words to the group, the Pope underlined the importance of sacred art – and its preservation – for bringing people together and […]

  • National Geographic Takes Us behind the Scenes

    National Geographic recently published a delightful piece highlighting a unique perspective on the Vatican Museums.

  • Vatican Museums Chief Talks Values, Even to Celebrities and Pols

    Dr. Barbara Jatta discusses the enormity and the wonder, the diversity and minutia of overseeing the Vatican Collection and communicating the faith that’s at its core.

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Restoration Update

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