• Keeping the garden green: Vatican uses essential oils on outdoor art

    Keeping the garden green: Vatican uses essential oils on outdoor art

    • Oct 6, 2017

    The Vatican Museums and the Vatican City governor’s office — which includes the gardeners — are involved in a five-year project to develop ecologically friendly cleaning agents and techniques to clean, restore and maintain the 570 works of art on display outside in the Vatican Gardens. Those works include fountains, statues and stone plaques.

  • Finding artistic inspiration from Michelangelo: A pilgrimage to Rome

    Finding artistic inspiration from Michelangelo: A pilgrimage to Rome

    • Sep 28, 2017

    Brooklyn artist James Raczkowski, who painted in March a 20.5 by 23 foot rendering of the ‘Creation of Adam’ along with two fellow artists in New York, finally got a chance to see the real deal when he visited the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican museums and looked up to its impressive vault painted by Michelangelo. An Iraqi war veteran, Raczkowski showed with his artistic pilgrimage that no matter how many centuries go by, the work of the Florentine master continues to be a source of inspiration for artists today.

  • Korea exhibit at Vatican shares history, peace through art

    Korea exhibit at Vatican shares history, peace through art

    • Sep 20, 2017

    An exhibit at the Vatican, called “Come in cielo cosi in terra” (“On earth as it is in heaven”), is the first-ever collaboration between the Vatican Museums and the Seoul archdiocese. It is also sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the South Korean embassy to the Holy See. The exhibit outlines, chronologically, the history of Catholicism in Korea from its start through the present time. It includes religious books and objects, as well as Korean religious art.