The Gallery of Maps

The Gallery of Maps

USD $2,400,000. The California Patrons are sponsoring our most ambitious restoration over the last thirty (30) years. We have adopted the Gallery of the Maps, a collection of 40+ maps, one of the most magnificent places in the Vatican Museums. Pope Gregory XIII...
Lourdes Grotto

Lourdes Grotto

USD $350,000. The California Patrons are sponsoring the restoration of the original Lourdes  Grotto in the Vatican Gardens. This artificial cave was built in 1902-05 as a replica of the Lourdes Grotto in France that is frequented by the Order of Malta. Pope Francis, a...
Sistine Chapel in Santa Maria Maggiore

Sistine Chapel in Santa Maria Maggiore

USD $900,000. The California Patrons are sponsoring the restoration of a portion of the Sistine Chapel in Santa Maria Maggiore. Until the recently completed Gallery of Maps restoration, this Sistine Chapel restoration was the largest project the California Patrons had...
Vatican Gardens Restoration – Phase 1

Vatican Gardens Restoration – Phase 1

Although many of the degradation problems affecting the works were similar, the pieces displayed various levels of deterioration due to differences in placement (major or minor exposure to sunlight and rainfall), constituent materials, and the presence of previous...
Annual Year-Long Internships

Annual Year-Long Internships

USD $40,000. The California Patrons created and continue to sponsor an eleven (11) month paid internship for the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. This important position provides general salary funding for extra help around the office and provides interns...
Canova Pugilists

Canova Pugilists

USD $10,500. The California Patrons have restored Antonio Canova’s Creugas and Damoxenos statues that will flank Perseus in the Octogonal Courtyard of the Vatican Museums. Antonio Canova (1757-1822) was a great Venetian sculptor who loved the classical subjects and is...