Gallery: Bernini Angels


Video: An Evening with Raphael

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.

Bernini His Life & His Rome

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.

The Life of A Swiss Guard- October 18th, 2016

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.





Caravaggio: Man & Mystery

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).

Art Across Medieval Spain: Religion & Pilgrimage

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.



Rome & The Vatican at the Beginning of the Seicento

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.


Medardo Rosso Exhibit Tour & Reception

Please join us for a reception and tour of the Center for Italian Modern Art’s (CIMA) exhibition of the works of Medardo Rosso. Date: Thursday, June 25th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Location: 421 Broome Street, between Crosby and Lafayette Streets.

CIMA presents a major installation of sculpture, drawing, and experimental photography by acclaimed modernist Medardo Rosso (1858 – 1928), revealing the masterful range of an artist known chiefly for his three-dimensional work. Anchored by a major loan from the Museo Medardo Rosso in Barzio, Italy, the presentation explores the broad range of materials—from gesso, wax, and bronze, to photography and drawing—in which Rosso worked. The installation marks the first time that a comprehensive group of drawings by Rosso will be on view together. “Medardo Rosso” is the second presentation mounted by the foundation.

The New York Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is funding a project to exhibit Rosso works at the Vatican Modern Museum.

RSVP: Lee Romanelli (203)-966-5254 or

Lecture: Sculpture in the Age of Donatello–June 2, 2015

Join us for a lecture on Sculpture in the Age of Donatello and a tour of the exhibit of Renaissance Masterpieces from the Duomo in Florence. The lecture and tour will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA), 1865 Broadway at 61st Street.

Please RSVP:  Lee Romanelli  (203) 966-5254 or

Fr. Mark Haydu Visits NYC

In mid-December, Fr. Mark Haydu presented a lecture to the New York Chapter on Angels within Vatican art. The topic of Fr. Mark’s lecture tied in nicely with the  recent launch of his second book,  Meditations on Vatican Art: Angels. About 25 patrons attended the lecture and many received copies of the book which Fr. Mark graciously autographed for them.