You are invited to join the New York Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums on a Pilgrimage to Unveil the Beauty of Italy in 2022. The New York Chapter will be joining with the Illinois and New England Chapters on October 10 through 16, 2022, with an optional extension trip to Florence on October 16 through 20, 2022. Please note, that all trip reservations are being handled through Corporate Travel. Please click the image below for the highlights of the pilgrimage and links to make your reservations through Corporate Travel.

The cost of the main trip is $7,499.00 per person (single) or $5,999.00 per person based on double occupancy ($11,998.00 total). The price is inclusive of hotel accommodations, local transportation, guides and one meal per day in addition to the daily breakfast. This trip does not include airfare.

The optional Florence extension is an additional $4,099.00 per person (single) or $3,499.00 based on double occupancy ($6,998.00 total).

The prices listed above are for all who reserve their space and choose to pay by cash or check. A $1,000.00 per person deposit is initially due (travel insurance protection option is also provided at the time of booking). Bookings after February 15, 2022, will incur an additional $200.00. A second payment of $2,500.00 per person will be due on May 13, 2022, and the final payment will be due on or before July 27, 2022. Please note the deposit is an online payment; and, in order to receive the cash discount, the following payments will need to be made by cash or check.

All of our Rome trips are designed exclusively for members and include touring areas of the Vatican Museums not accessible to the public (private tour of the Sistine Chapel, visit to the restoration labs, and a private gala dinner in the Vatican Museums). If you are not yet a member and are considering traveling with us in 2022, your membership dues are required at the time of booking (dues paid to the New York Chapter). If you are a current member and your dues are in arrears, please make sure your membership is up to date.

If you have any questions regarding this trip, please do not hesitate to contact Donna D’Urso by phone, (914) 262-5889, or by email, We hope you consider traveling with the New York Patrons to create memories of a lifetime and to support the Patrons’ mission and commitment to the arts.

“Two Millennia of Beauty & Devotion” VIRTUAL LECTURE SERIES

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.

Each episode will start at 1PM Pacific Standard Time (4PM EST).

June 6: The Art of the Catacombs    Watch here
June 13: The Tomb of Peter       Watch Here
June20: St. Peter’s Basilica         Watch Here
June 27: The Banker’s Son & The Most Unfortunate Pope   Watch Here

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“Raphael and His World” Virtual Lecture Series

A 4-week virtual lecture series by renowned art historian and well-known Patrons tour guide, Prof. Elizabeth Lev! We are excited to bring the Vatican Museums to our Patrons, their families, and friends during this time!

Each episode will start at 4PM Eastern Standard Time and will last one hour in duration.

“Raphael and His World” Lecture Series Themes:

April 25: The Elusive Leonardo              Watch Here
May 2: The Might of Michelangelo       Watch Here
May 9: Clash of the Titans                      Watch Here
May 16: Raphael Triumphans, Raphael Moriens     Watch Here


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Gothic Spirit Exhibit at NY Chelsea’s Luhring Augustine Gallery

New York – February 2020


The Renaissance of Sculpture in Medici Florence

The Frick Collection – New York – December 2019


November 2019 – Fairfield University

Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections


Lecture at THE MET

Dr. Barbara Jatta – Director of the Vatican Museums

September 20, 2019


Reception at Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s Residence

September 18, 2019


Leaders Weekend – Washington DC

September 13, 2019 – September 15, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci’s Saint Jerome

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition Tour

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

The Metropolitan Museum of Art observed the 500-year anniversary of the death of the great Renaissance master, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), with its exhibition, “Leonardo da Vinci’s Saint Jerome.”   The painting was lent to The Metropolitan Museum with collegial generosity by The Vatican Museums.

St. Jerome Praying in the Wilderness is one of the six works universally and unquestionably recognized as by the hand of Leonardo.  The painting, begun in 1482 and constantly re-worked by the artist until his death in 1519, is famous for its artistic quality, its representing the epitome of Leonardo’s anatomical studies, and its drama and psychological insight, capturing as it does the painter’s spiritual life during his last decades.

At The MET, the painting was displayed in a gallery by itself, starkly illuminated within an otherwise sober and dark space in order to heighten the picture’s contemplative, spiritual dimension.  The solemn chapel-like setting was intended to heighten the profound contemplative dimension of the painting as well as to evoke the funerals of great Italian artists, which typically featured one of the artist’s works as part of the funerary display.

On 27 August 2019, Dr. Carmen Bambach, Curator of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and curator of the exhibition, conducted a guided tour of the painting for a group of 45 NY Chapter Board Members, NY Chapter Members, and friends.  Drawing on her immensely rich knowledge acquired over a 24 year period during which she penned the just published 4-volume work, Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered, Dr. Bambach presented an elucidating and engaging guided tour of the painting and its significance in Leonardo’s oeuvre.