Our Mission


The California Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the restoration, preservation and promotion of the artistic patrimony entrusted to the Vatican Museums. We also further our members’ understanding and appreciation of such art through private presentations, behind the scenes tours of artist studios and museum visits, special gatherings, and one of a kind visits to the Vatican. We also provide opportunities for our members to get together and socialize with each other several times throughout the year.

How Patrons Help

SUPPORT NEW KEY ACQUISITIONS: Promoting the acquisition of new works which complement the existing collections.

FUND EXHIBITS: Fund and promote traveling exhibits of important Vatican Museums artifacts all around the world.

ENABLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: Learning and visiting opportunities for thousands of young children, families, schools, and individuals with varying disabilities are enabled by Patrons.

DIRECTLY RESTORE ART: Patrons enable our restoration labs to undertake crucial conservation projects.

CONSERVE BUILDINGS AND FRESCOS: Conserve the many important buildings and chapels and the art directly inside, including the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms.

SUSTAINABLY MAINTAIN GARDENS AND SCULPTURES: Sustainability maintain and replant almost 2,500,000 square feet of the Vatican Gardens and its statues.

FUND FELLOWSHIPS AND INTERNS: Paid placement of fellowships and interns to help aid the mission of the PAVM and the Vatican Museums.

PROMOTE CULTURAL AND SPIRITUAL GOALS:  Spreading knowledge of the specific cultural and spiritual goals of the Vatican Museums as well as the various Vatican offices and basilicas in Rome and the collections they hold.

SUPPORT FUTURE MUSEUM EXPANSIONS: Fund restorations, expansions, and upgrades to the buildings and other important sites within the Vatican Museums and the Vatican City State.

OTHER GENERAL SUPPORT: Support multiple activities of the Vatican Museums, promoting art restoration for the Holy See under Museum Direction authority, and other special projects asked of us from the Holy Father.

PATRONS OF THE ARTS REPORT: For more information about how Patrons have helped the Vatican Museums, download the latest report.

VIEW PAVM WISHBOOK: Download the most recent WISHBOOK with specific projects available for restoration.

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Historical Timeline

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1986

The Spear-Bearer

Roman Copy After a Greek Bronze c.450-440 BC Marble

1985

A Capital

Early Third Century A.D. Marble

1982

The Creation

On August 27, 1982, Father Miles O’Brien Riley officially announced the creation of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. This would mark both the beginning of the California Chapter as well as the organization as a whole. Starting off as a committee of sixty members whose goal was to preserve the arts through the ages. What follows are some of our most proud preservation.

1984

The Fire in the Borgo

Raphael Raffaello Sanzio, Urbino 1483- Rome 1520 Fresco

1985

Silenus Cradling the Child Dionysus

Roman copy After a Greek original 300 BC Marble

1985

The Resurrection of Lazarus

Girolamo Muziano 1555 Oil on canvas

1986

Perugino

Pietro Di Cristoforo Vannucci 1508 Fresco

1988

The Vision of Saint Romuald

Andrea Sacchi 1631 Oil on canvas

1989

The Scraper

Apoxyomenos After a Greek Bronze Original c.320-310 B.C. Marble

1989

Hermes

Roman Copy The Late fourth century B.C. Marble

1989

Sacrophagus with Polychrome Relief

Etruscan Late Fift-Early Fourth Century B.C.

1991

Staircase Donato Bramante

Begun c. 1507 Villa Belvedere

1997

Crucifixion with Mary

Andrea Da Firenze c. 1370-1377 Tempera on wood

1997

Matthew 5-8

Paul Gauguin c 1892 Painted wood sculpture

1997

The Deceased Christ and the Adoration of the Infant Jesus

Francescuccio Ghissi 1373 Tempera and gold on wood

1997

Madonna and Child between Saints Severino and Dominic

Bernardino Di Mariotto Dello Stagno 1512 Tempera on canvas, transferred from wood

1997

Sarcophagus of a Young Girl

Rome C. A. D. 270-280 Marble

1997

Monstrance with Saint Michael

Second Half of the eighteenth century, Gilded bronze, silver gilded silver precious stone inlays

1997

Monstrance with Grain

Northern Italian 1750 Silver, partly gilded, and glass 1750

1997

Reliquary of Saint Gregory Barbarigo

Angelo Scarabello 1762 Gilded bronze and silver