California Chapter Older Restoration Projects

Madonna and Child for Papal Midnight Mass

USD $5,555. The California Patrons have sponsored the restoration of a special 14th century statue of Madonna and Child that has been displayed for years in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Holy Father’s celebration of Christmas Mass. The tradition discontinued because the statue, dating from the 1300s, made of painted wood and standing 165 centimeters …

Portable Laser for the Restoration Labs

The California Patrons have partnered with Olessia Kantor (Italian & International Patrons) in the selection and purchase of another EOS Syntesis portable laser. Popular with Vatican restoration experts, this type of laser can clean paper, wood, metal, stone, wall paintings (frescos), and stucco. This portable laser can easily be taken to almost every part of …

Vatican Archive Indexing

USD. $16,800. The Vatican Apostolic Library (Latin: Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana), more commonly called the Vatican Library or simply the Vat, is the library of the Holy See, located in Vatican City. Formally established in 1475, although it is much older, it is one of the oldest libraries in the world and contains one of the …

New Wheelchair Lift

The California Patrons have sponsored a new wheelchair lift for the daily use of visitors throughout the Vatican Museums. With approximately six million on-site visitors per year, the Vatican Museums are one of the most popular museums in the world. As a result, many visitors who come to see the exhibits are in need of …

Mass Spectrometer for Vatican Labs

USD $180,000. The California Patrons have funded the acquisition of a unique piece of scientific equipment, a Mass Spectrometer, which can reveal the chemical composition of works of art and the origins of the materials. The Vatican Laboratory requested a Nexion 300X ICP-MS, manufactured by an American company, Perkins Elmer. This machine analyzes the chemical …

The Room of Tributes, or “Sala degli Indirizzi”

Patrons of California have adopted and are prepared to unveil “The Room of Addresses” or “The Room of Tributes”, so named because, in the 19th century, it had been the place of receiving addresses to the Holy See from all over the world (it’s not the place the Pope keeps his rolodex). Then, from the …

The Blessing Christ

USD $14,500. The California Patrons recently adopted The Blessing Christ. Here, Christ is portrayed in the frontal position on a blue background (which is presently oxidized). The right hand of Jesus is lifted in the blessing position while his left hand holds a book tight to his chest. The book‘s precious cover is enriched with …

Valadier Cabinets

USD $98,000. The Vatican Museums will reveal to the public the new display of the archaeological collection of the Profane Museum. To celebrate this new layout, which follows the full restoration of the room of the Museum and Valadier’s cabinets, the exhibition “Precious Antiquities. The Profane Museum at the time of Pius VI” and a …

Menorah Exhibit in Rome: Highlighting the Original Magdala Stone

Vatican Museums, Vatican City. The unprecedented joint exhibition, “Menorah: Worship, History and Legend”, was officially inaugurated by the Vatican Museum Director, the Holy See, the State of Israel, the Jewish community of Rome and the Hebrew Museum Director of Rome. Over 130 items are on display as part of the exhibition with the highlight being …

More Restoration Projects

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 engraver Willem Janszoon Blaeuw (1571-1638). Due to the fragile nature of the globe, which was …

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 the de Young Museum in San Francisco earlier this year (see …

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 statuettes would perform work for the deceased in the afterlife, such as …

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 Necropolis of Vulci located in the Maremma region. …

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 Contemporary Art Collection in 1973. Created in 1962, it was crafted during a …

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 excavations at the Necropolis of Sorbe in Cerveteri, north of Rome. Archpriest Negolini and General Galassi …

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