17th Century Celestial Globe Restored

17th Century Celestial Globe Restored

Thanks to a grant from the California Patrons, a second magnificent 17th century globe is now restored. Last year, Dr. Chiara Fornaciari of the Vatican’s Paper Restoration Lab, completed the restoration of a Terrestrial Globe by the great Dutch cartographer and...
Patrons Sponsor Vatican Exhibition At The Bowers

Patrons Sponsor Vatican Exhibition At The Bowers

The California Patrons have made a grant to sponsor the exhibition Gods and Gifts: the Vatican Ethnological Collection at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. In response to the outstanding reviews received by an exhibition of some 35 pieces from the Vatican collection at...
Ushabti Box Restored By Patrons

Ushabti Box Restored By Patrons

USD $10,000. The California Patrons have funded the restoration of a 3000 year old decorated wooden box from ancient Egypt. The ushabti box served as a container for small statues which were buried in the tombs of important nobles. Ancient Egyptians believed the...
Etruscan Ritual Brazier Restored by Patrons

Etruscan Ritual Brazier Restored by Patrons

The California Patrons sponsored the restoration of a special Etruscan brazier and oven rake. The brazier and oven rake date back to the 4th Century BC and were used for ritual offerings to the gods during burial rites. They were found in the 19th century in the...
Bucker’s Kruzifixus Restored

Bucker’s Kruzifixus Restored

Thanks to a gift from Patrons Janet and Michael Feeley, the California Patrons have sponsored the restoration of the wooden sculpture “Kruzifixus” by German artist Gerhard Heinrich Bucker (1922-2008). The artist donated the work at the opening of the Vatican Museum of...
Etruscan Burial Caldron Restored

Etruscan Burial Caldron Restored

Due to the generosity of Patrons Ann Marie and Chris Scibelli, the California Patrons have funded the restoration of an Etruscan Caldron, called a “lebete,” and its accompaning tripod. The large hemispherical caldron was discovered in 1836 during archeological...