News & Events

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.

La Scala Sancta–July 29 2014

Please join us on Tuesday July 29, 2014 for a lecture on the history of the Scala Sancta or  “Holy Stairs”.  The lecture will be presented by Dr. Mary Angela Schroth, curator of the  “Holy Stairs” of the Vatican Museums.  Lecture will begin at 6:00 pm at the Metropolitan Club, One East 60th Street, NYC and is expected to finish at 7:30.  If planning to attend, please RSVP to

Lecture: Modern Photography


On Friday, June 6th, Fr. Mark Haydu, L.C., International Director of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums,  will present a lecture on the new Modern Photography project which is being undertaken by the Carlson Estate and the New York Chapter.  The lecture will take place at the Metropolitan Club, One East 60th Street, from 6:00 – 7:30pm.  All are welcome, but if planning to attend, please notify Lee Romanelli at (203)-966-5254 or

Chapter Business Meeting and Reception!

The annual meeting of the New York Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, held Wednesday April 2, 2014, at the New York Athletic Club, was an occasion for much celebration. Cardinal Timothy Dolan has recently appointed Monsignor Thomas Modugno to be the new President of the Board of Directors for the New York Chapter. Msgr. Modugno was at the meeting and had an opportunity to meet with many of our members during the reception that followed the business meeting.

During the business meeting, Board member Mark Villamar announced 6 new projects being undertaken in the Museum which were selected by the Board and funded by a large bequest made by former NY Chapter members Eileen and Robert Carlson. Mr. and Mrs. Carlson were active members of the New York Chapter prior to their retirement to Arizona, and generously remembered the Vatican Museums in their wills. The projects, which will draw down about 75% of their $11 million-plus bequest, are: restoration of Raphael’s Sala di Constantino; restoration of many of the 600 Objects in the Vatican Gardens; restoration of the Complete Set of Reliefs from the Trajan Column; expansion of the marble restoration lab; a new photographic archive (“Fototeca”); and the “Inside the Museum” photography project. More details on each of these projects can be found in the Projects section of our website.

Mrs. Lee Romanelli, Executive Director of the New York Chapter, introduced other members of the NY Chapter’s Board of Directors; displayed the Gold Medal awarded to the NY Chapter at the 30th Anniversary celebrations in Rome in October 2013; and invited board member Camille Kelleher to unveil the New York Chapter’s new website. After adjourning the meeting, Mrs. Romanelli invited all present to join her for refreshments.

30th Anniversary in Rome

In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, about 300 members from North America and Europe traveled to Rome to celebrate.

Over the course of several days, members had the opportunity to meet with head curators and restoration directors to learn about the conservation and restoration of the Vatican Museums’ priceless works. They were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Apostolic Palace and heard presentations from several dignitaries within the Vatican, including the Vatican Secretary of State. The highlight of the trip had to be the private audience with Pope Francis I in the Sala Clementina. The Pontiff thanked Patrons for their stewardship of the Church’s heritage of art while challenging those present to allow their actions to be a sign of interior participation in the spiritual life and mission of the Church.
The Anniversary celebrations concluded with two wonderfully spiritual liturgies: Vespers in the Sistine Chapel and Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s.