California Chapter Restoration Projects

California Chapter Restoration Projects

The Patron’s Wishbook offers many opportunities that work within any budget. With much needed restorations beginning from $5,000 and extending into millions of dollars, there are wonderful ways for everyone to find something important to support. The current Wishbook can be viewed online or you may request a copy of the available Wishbook projects by contacting California Chairman, Greg Stanislawski, by calling 626-793-3600 or by email at Greg.Stanislawski@claconnect.com. If you would like to fund a restoration, a specific project, or discuss current restoration options, we encourage you to contact us any time.

We are so grateful for the past and ongoing generosity of our members. The following highlighted samples only showcase some of the restorations made by our members over the last few years. For more information about the full list of restorations made by the California Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, we encourage you to reach out to us and learn more. Come join us today! Thank you!

Goals of the Restoration Project

  • Fixing and consolidating the work materials.
  • Recovery and restoration of pictorial text.
  • Conservation of evidence of passage of time and evidence of man, except the evidence of previous restoration.
  • Use of innocuous, reversible, and widely tested substances and materials.
  • Using the minimum amount of materials to be left permanently on the frescoes.
  • Maximum simplification of the intervention methods.
  • Systematic testing of all materials used with the possibility of modification.
  • Maximum number of workers so that stricter control of the restoration is maintained.
  • Mandatory documentation of all procedures including filming, before, during and after, and archiving of the data on the work carried out.
  • Detailed scientific and technical research before, during, and after the restoration.
  • Open work site during restoration to art historians, restorers, artists, architects, chemists, journalists, etc.
  • Constant transmitting of information through scientific canters and mass media all over the world.
  • Public exhibition of the restored parts of the ceiling.
  • Publication of the final report on the restoration.
Status Completed

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 commissioned the Gallery in 1578. It is over a football field in …

Status Completed

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 day after his appointment as the new Roman Pontiff, visited …

Status Completed

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 undertaken together. With incredible generosity from our members, the California Patrons are able to undertake …

Status Completed

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 restorations and/or the reassembly of fragments or parts of the works. – General diagnosis of different pieces, …

Status Completed

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 with unique access to both the Vatican Museums and the office of the …

Status Completed

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 revered as the master of neoclassical sculpture with a contemporary flair…

Northwest Chapter Restoration Projects

The Patron’s Wishbook offers many opportunities that work within any budget. With much needed restorations beginning from $5,000 and extending into millions of dollars, there are wonderful ways for everyone to find something important to support. The current Wishbook can be viewed online or you may request a copy of the available Wishbook projects by contacting Northwest Chairman, Gabe Hanzeli, by calling 206-724-1705 or by email at gabehazeli@gmail.com If you would like to fund a restoration, a specific project, or discuss current restoration options, we encourage you to contact us any time.

We are so grateful for the past and ongoing generosity of our members. The following highlighted samples only showcase some of the restorations made by our members over the last few years. For more information about the full list of restorations made by the Northwest Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, we encourage you to reach out to us and learn more. Come join us today! Thank you!

Status In Progress

White Marble Chandelier

A chandelier in white marble which dates back to the I Century AD. …

Status In Progress

Statue of a Seated Nymph

Statue of a seated Nymph which dates back to the late 300 B.C. …

Status In Progress

Composite half-armors

Included among the works that make up the Historical Collections in the Vatican Museums is a conspicuously large number of weapons and armor dating from the mid-1500’s to the end of the 1800’s…

Status In Progress

Preliminary studies for the feasibility of the Restoration of the Statue of the Mastai Heracles

Founded in 1864 under the courtyard of Palazzo Pio Righetti in Campo de’ Fiori, in the area of ​​the ancient theater of Pompey inaugurated in 55 BC, Pope Pius IX …

Status In Progress

Thirty-seven casts of the mosaics from St. Mary Major and the Lateran Baptistery

The 37 molds made out of painted plaster, which belong to the Vatican Museums, were created during the 1930s and 1940s as a result of the restoration construction sites carried out during the pontificate of Pius XI (1922-1939)…

Status Completed

Aura

Until a few years ago, the Aura sculpture adorned one of the Pinecone Courtyard’s niches. Being set-up outdoors for so long began to compromise the marble’s surface. In order to avoid other preservative issues, the sculpture was transferred to a storage. Once it has been restored, the sculpture will be exhibited in the Gregorian Profane Museum (Niobide room); right next to two sculptures with an…

Status Completed

Sfera

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 …

Status Completed

Bramante Staircase designed by Michelangelo

The curved central staircase of the Nicchione was constructed by Bramante under Julius II (1503-1513) and then integrated with the adjacent, semicircular corridors under Julius III (1550-1555). These corridors previously held the Etruscan collection, but now feature the Egyptian Collection. As affirmed by Vasari in 1568, the first staircase was rendered …

Status Completed

Camassei’s Cain and Abel

This painting by Andrea Camassei (Bevagna 1602 – Rome 1649) depicts the famous episode described in the book of Genesis of the killing of Abel by his brother Cain, the sons of Adam and Eve.The artist captures the climax of Cain’s fratricidal violence when he kills Abel with his club.The background features a landscape with a fire burning on the sacrificial altar. Cain and Abel…

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