California Chapter Events

As California Patrons, we are constantly engaging in a series of exclusive, professionally curated events throughout the year. Typically, we have four to eight local events in and around Southern California (predominantly throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties, and occasional events in San Francisco and SF-adjacent cities). All of our events are free and open to California Patrons and their guests. As a result, reservations for future events are only advertised to current Patrons. You can easily sign up for membership online within a matter of minutes. For information about joining the California Patrons, with memberships starting at USD $250 per year, please click on BECOME A MEMBER or JOIN links.

Lecture Series- Christian Art in Rome: Two Thousand Years of Beauty and Devotion

Join the Patrons with their families and friends in a four- part lecture series tracing the development of Christian art in Rome: Two Thousand Years of Beauty and Devotion, for the series as a whole offered by the popes to some of the greatest artists of the Renaissance. During these virtual tours, we descend to the underground chambers of the Roman catacombs, visit the archaeological sites underneath St. Peter’s Basilica and enter the Apostolic Palace.

Rodin: The Shock of the Modern Body

Cantor Arts Center. Stanford (University), California. August 2019. At the time of his death, Auguste Rodin (France, 1840-1917) was counted among the most renowned artists in the world. A century later, after numerous reassessments by generations of art historians, Rodin continues to be recognized for making figurative sculpture modern by redefining the expressive capacity of …

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

Christ Cathedral Campus. Garden Grove, CA. June 2019. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition recreates the awe and wonder of arguably one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements while allowing its visitors to experience this art from a new perspective. With special expertise and care, the ceiling paintings from the Sistine Chapel have been reproduced using state …

Project Blue Boy

The Huntington Library. San Marino, CA. December 2018. “Project Blue Boy” allows visitors to watch and learn about high-tech analysis and treatment of Thomas Gainsborough’s 18th-century masterpiece in the historic Thornton Portrait Gallery. One of the most iconic artworks in British and American history, The Blue Boy, made around 1770 by English painter Thomas Gainsborough …

The Renaissance Nude

The Getty Center. December 2018. Renaissance artists transformed the course of western art history by making nude central to their art. Drawing inspiration from classical sculpture and the study of the live model, these artists created lifelike, vibrant, and sensual representations of the human body. Featuring more than 100 works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, …

Knights in Armor

owers Museum. September 2018. Knights in Armorfeatures stunning masterpieces of European arms and armor, dating from the Medieval and Renaissance ages to the Romanticized Medieval revival of the 1800s. “Knights in Armor is Shining at the Bowers Museum.” – LA TIMES The provocative beauty and the exquisite craftsmanship of more than 90 pieces of armor, …

Impressionism and Post Impressionism

The San Diego Museum of Art. Late June 2018. On the Second Floor, in Gallery 19, The Max and Muriel Gluck Collection–featuring modern masterpieces by Pierre Bonnard, Amedeo Modigliani, and Edouard Vuillard–forms the nucleus of a group of paintings from the school of Paris. Alongside highlights from this transformational bequest, a gift to the Museum …

Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). November 19, 2017–March 18, 2018. Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici is a groundbreaking exhibition devoted to 18th-century Mexican painting, a vibrant period marked by major stylistic developments and the invention of new iconographies. The exhibition’s over 100 works (many unpublished and restored for the exhibition), will make a …

Giovanni Bellini: Landscapes of faith in renaissance Venice

Getty Museum (Brentwood), Los Angeles — Giovanni Bellini’s evocative landscapes are as much the protagonists of his paintings as are the religious subjects that dominated 15th-century Italian art. One of the most influential painters of the Renaissance, he worked in and around Venice, and while his landscapes are highly metaphorical, they also accurately reflect the region’s …

Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor

Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena. November 10, 2017 through April 9, 2018. The Norton Simon Museum presents Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor, an illuminating exhibition that explores the compulsive nature of Edgar Degas’s artistic practice. Focusing on the Museum’s collection of modèles, the first and only set of bronzes cast from the artist’s original wax and …

Restorer’s Exclusive Event – The Birth of Pastel

Getty Museum (Brentwood), Los Angeles. Featuring works from the Museum’s permanent collection, this installation explores the evolution of pastel paintings out of colored chalk drawings. Artists since the Renaissance have worked with dry colored media—natural chalks or fabricated versions consisting of powdered pigment and a binder. In the eighteenth century, pastels became extremely popular, especially for …

Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Durer and Cranach

LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach brings to Los Angeles some of the greatest achievements of German Renaissance art. The period under consideration (1460–1580) was marked by profound changes in thought, philosophy, science, and …

Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment

Getty Museum (Brentwood), Los Angeles — Royal Artist of the Enlightenment. FRENCH 18TH-CENTURY SCULPTOR AND DRAFTSMAN Edme Bouchardon combined an inventive spirit with a quest for perfection to achieve many of the masterpieces that are associated with Louis XV’s reign. In addition to serving as Royal Artist and making sculptures of the king and other works …

Swiss Guards Exhibition and Speaker

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Downtown Los Angeles. A first-ever art exhibit featuring exclusive photographs of the soldiers wearing their uniforms, armor and weapons, it was inaugurated in the Vatican by Pope Francis as part of his Jubilee Year of Mercy, curated by the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums. This collection …

USC’s Catholic Church – The Creation and Art of Our Savior Parish

University of Southern California, Los Angeles. USC’s Our Savior Parish in Los Angeles is a new 6,000 square foot chapel that seats three hundred (300) and has an attached fourteen thousand (14,000) square foot, two-story student center built around an open courtyard, together called the Caruso Catholic Center. This new space is filled with special art …

Mummies of the Vatican: Genuine or Fake

Getty Villa, Malibu. Two small mummies in the Egyptian collection of the Vatican Museums have intrigued scholars for decades. Often referred to as “pseudo-mummies” or “miniature mummies,” these cylindrical bundles—wrapped in linen bandages, painted with human portraits and covered in a uniform brownish substance—were believed to be ancient and to contain the remains of either small …

Virgin of Guadalupe: Images in Colonial Mexico

Bowers Museum, Santa Ana. In the year 1531 at a sacred location known as Tepeyac Hill near today’s Mexico City, the report of one man’s vision of the Virgin Mary sparked a phenomenon of religious fervor like no other. The man, addressed by the saint in his native language, was instructed to carry a message …

Restorer’s Exclusive Event – The Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road

Getty Museum (Brentwood), Los Angeles. With Gallery Exhibitions, replica caves and a virtual immersive experience in Cave 45, this is one impressive collection. On the western edge of the Gobi Desert, near the ancient oasis town of Dunhuang, China, hundreds of cave temples were carved into a cliff face and decorated with Buddhist wall paintings and …

Trip to Rome – The Official Opening of The Gallery of Maps Inside the Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums, Vatican City (Rome, Italy). This special trip to Rome will recognize and celebrate the grand opening of the California Patrons sponsored Gallery of Maps. This weeklong trip will have a series of curated behind the scenes tours – inside and outside the Vatican Museums – and will be headlined by the Gallery of Maps …

California Patrons Biennial Dinner and Gala at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley. Our biennial dinner and gala will coincide with a special soft opening of the Vatican Splendors exhibit that the California Patrons sponsored at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. More than 200 works of art and historically significant objects are displayed at the library-museum. Most visitors to Rome never see these …

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