California Chapter Events

As California and Northwest 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), and two to four events in the Seattle area. All of our events are free and open to California and Northwest 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 and Northwest Patrons, with memberships starting at USD $250 per year, please click on BECOME A MEMBER or JOIN links.

Lecture Series- A Shadow of Divine Perfection

Beginning July 11, the California and Northwest Chapters are presenting a brand new, exclusive seven-part lecture series entitled “A Shadow of Divine Perfection: Italian Art of the Renaissance and Baroque,” with Dr. Rocky Ruggiero.  Rocky is very well known in our special circles as one of Italy’s best tour guides, and any of you who have been guided through Rome on a chapter trip by Rocky can testify first-hand that he’s both deeply knowledgeable and a delight to learn from!

Lecture Series-Christian Art in Rome: Two Millennia of Beauty & Devotion

Join the Patrons with their families and friends in a four-part lecture series with Fr. Michael Collins, tracing the development of sacred art in the Holy City. 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 itself.

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 …

Northwest Chapter Events

Summer 2019 NW Patrons Newsletter

This month’s newsletter features an invitation from the New York chapter of the patrons to a lecture by Vatican Museums director, Dr. Barbara Jatta. The event will be hosted at the MET Museum in New York and will be an excellent opportunity for anyone able to make it. Also this month we have photos from our successful summer social and a testimony from one of our own NW Patrons on her recent trip to Rome…

Spring 2019 NW Patrons Newsletter

This month's newsletter features an opportunity to help support the Vatican Intern Fellowships program! The Vatican Fellowship program is growing and, thanks to the support of the patrons, will be increasing the fellowship term to 12 months. Please read below about how to become involved. Also, I would like to give a special thank you to all who attended our May event! For those unable to attend, you will find a short summary below.…

Fall 2018 NW Patrons event

Our chapter met at the home of Frederick and Connie Scheetz. We were treated to a viewing and history of their collection of 17th to 19th century British portraiture. Afterwards we enjoyed a lovely dinner. We concluded the evening with a chapter discussion of topics for the upcoming international Patrons leaders meeting…

Sfera Completed

The Northwest Chapter recently visited Italy where we dedicated the restoration of Arnaldo Pomodoro’s Sfera in honor of our Northwest Chapter’s co-founder, Thomas S. James, Jr. This sculpture, was donated by the artist in 1990 to the Vatican Museums where it was installed in the Pinecone Courtyard…

NW Patron Reflects on Working in Vatican Patron’s Office

Northwest Patron Molly Weiner is a rising senior at the University of Notre Dame, double majoring in Theology & Italian with a minor in Art History. Molly is currently a Patron’s office intern at the Vatican…

Renaissance Restoration in Seattle talk on June 30

We invite you to learn more about the exciting work of the Patrons and art restoration at our “Renaissance Restoration in Seattle” event on June 30. The Very Reverend Michael Ryan will present jointly with Mr. Nicholas Dorman, head of the Conservation Department at the Seattle Art Museum, on the restoration of the Renaissance painting Virgin with Child and Six Saints…

NW Patrons to make Grand Art Tour of Venice and Rome in Oct 2017

Don’t miss out on the trip of a lifetime. Five-star luxury paired with “won’t believe it until you’ve experienced it” access to world-famous art and culture. Highlights include the 57th Annual Venice Biennale, private tours of Rome by art historian and TED speaker Elizabeth Lev, Vatican VIP experiences, including one-of-a-kind access to their world famous restoration labs and our chapter projects!…

Hermes July 2016 update

She’s big, she’s beautiful and she is ours! That’s right–Sfera is officially the Northwest Patrons next chapter project for the 2016-2017 year! Does she seem familiar? It might be because she is located in the center of the Cortile della Pigna (the Pine Cone courtyard), seen by all visitors of the Vatican Museums, or it might be from the 2016 Wishbook, where Sfera was the featured artwork on the cover.…

Meet Sfera

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 …

Dean Robert Stacey speaks at Henry Gallery on “From Images to Words: A 16th Century Revolution”

On Friday March 18, the NW Patrons enjoyed a special lecture by Dr. Robert C. Stacey, Dean of the University of Washington’s College of Arts and Sciences. The event took place at the Henry Art Gallery on the UW campus and began with a social hour where members and their guests had the opportunity to meet or re-acquaint with other members…

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