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.
Roman Copy After a Greek Bronze c.450-440 BC Marble
Early Third Century A.D. Marble
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.
The Fire in the Borgo
Raphael Raffaello Sanzio, Urbino 1483- Rome 1520 Fresco
Silenus Cradling the Child Dionysus
Roman copy After a Greek original 300 BC Marble
The Resurrection of Lazarus
Girolamo Muziano 1555 Oil on canvas
Pietro Di Cristoforo Vannucci 1508 Fresco
The Vision of Saint Romuald
Andrea Sacchi 1631 Oil on canvas
Apoxyomenos After a Greek Bronze Original c.320-310 B.C. Marble
Roman Copy The Late fourth century B.C. Marble
Sacrophagus with Polychrome Relief
Etruscan Late Fift-Early Fourth Century B.C.
Staircase Donato Bramante
Begun c. 1507 Villa Belvedere
Crucifixion with Mary
Andrea Da Firenze c. 1370-1377 Tempera on wood
Paul Gauguin c 1892 Painted wood sculpture
The Deceased Christ and the Adoration of the Infant Jesus
Francescuccio Ghissi 1373 Tempera and gold on wood
Madonna and Child between Saints Severino and Dominic
Bernardino Di Mariotto Dello Stagno 1512 Tempera on canvas, transferred from wood
Sarcophagus of a Young Girl
Rome C. A. D. 270-280 Marble
Monstrance with Saint Michael
Second Half of the eighteenth century, Gilded bronze, silver gilded silver precious stone inlays
Monstrance with Grain
Northern Italian 1750 Silver, partly gilded, and glass 1750
Reliquary of Saint Gregory Barbarigo
Angelo Scarabello 1762 Gilded bronze and silver