The New York Chapter of the
Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums
cordially invites you to the Photographic Exhibition
The Life of a Swiss Guard, A Private View
Exhibition Dates October 5th – 20th
Dr. Romina Cometti
Curator of the exhibit & Restoration Projects Manager of the Vatican Museums
For more information, E-mail to: PatronsNYC@archny.org or Tel: +1.929.290.0030
The Sheen Center
18 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
10 May 2017 – Featuring presentations by experts and professors Elizabeth Lev and Eric Hansen, Side Event organized by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations.
On Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 6pm, The New York Chapter was invited to hear renowned author and Boston College professor, Franco Mormando, Ph.D. speak at The Salmagundi Club in the Main Gallery. The club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003. Dr. Mormando’s presentation will be based on his recent book, Bernini: His Life and His Rome.
On Tuesday, October 18, 2016 The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums in conjunction with The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations and Solares Federazione delle Arti hosted an evening at The United Nations Headquarters ECOSOC Hall.
The New York Patrons, the International Patrons, and esteemed guests gathered in the ECOSOC Hall to see the New York City premiere of The World’s Smallest Army directed by Gianfranco Pannone. The film transports viewers inside the Vatican and into the lives of the men serving in the Pontifical Swiss Guard-the famously clad army founded in 1506 to protect the Pope. The film documents a year in the life of two new recruits as they took up service together in the eternal city. Pannone’s documentary illuminates how the modern day Pontifical Swiss Guard bridges 500 year-old traditions with contemporary culture, specifically serving a Pope who regularly interacts with the people and seeks to bring the Christian faith to the modern world.
In addition to the film, lining the walls of the ECOSOC Hall were six photographs donated by the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums- New York Chapter for the evening. The images previewed the photographic exhibition Life of A Swiss Guard-A Private View a contemporary exhibition curated by Romina Cometti, The Patrons Office at The Vatican Museums. The full exhibition was recently displayed at The Vatican Museums in March, and will travel the United States in its entirety beginning in California on November 27, 2016.
The evening ended with a short panel discussion and audience Q & A. The discussion was led by Former Captain of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, Frowin Bachmann, Director of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums,Fr. Daniel Hennessy, Director of The World’s Smallest Army, Gianfranco Pannone, and Director of The Permeant Observer Mission of the Holy See, Fr. Landry.
On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums- New York Chapter had the distinct pleasure of hearing Charles Scribner III, Ph.D. speak on Caravaggio. The lecture was located in The Metropolitan Club’s Library – a beautiful setting for a lecture that filled the entire room.
As The New York Chapter learned from the lecture, Caravaggio was a figure of great controversy and a pioneer of the Baroque, but Caravaggio was also a wanted man nearing the end of his life. Caravaggio was forced to flee Rome by 1606, leaving behind a collection of highly criticized yet equally admired artwork. His naturally rendered figures and consistent use of tenebrism developed a new perception of the well-known biblical scenes characteristic of the Renaissance. In his lecture, Dr. Scribner highlighted many of Caravaggio’s notable works including: The Entombment of Christ (1603), The Calling of St. Matthew (1599-1600), and The Conversion of St. Paul on His Way to Damascus (1601).
Thank you to our group of New York Chapter Patrons who came to The Cloisters to experience Art Across Medieval Spain: Religion & Pilgrimage.
On Saturday, September 10, 2016 Peter A. Vergara gave a spectacular gallery talk to members of The New York Patrons.
Peter is a student of Fordham University in the Bronx where he studies Art History and Philosophy with a minor in Political Science. This past summer, he interned full-time at the Hispanic Society of America, in line with his heritage and interest in Hispanic and Latino Art History. At The Hispanic Society of America, he conducted tours, assisted in curatorial research, and aided with museum development. Last summer, after freshman year, he interned full-time at The Met Cloisters.
At The Cloisters, Peter researched and wrote an hour long gallery talk focusing on seven objects in the museum collection explaining the turbulent and fascinating period of Medieval Spain.
Thank you for attending our most recent lecture Rome and the Vatican at the Beginning of the Seicento- Origins of the Baroque on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016.
The talk was delivered by Mar Morosse,PhD, a member of the Board of the New York Chapter.
The lecture began at 6:00 pm at the IESE Business School, 165 West 57th Street, and was followed by a cocktail reception.