- Jul 12, 2020
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.
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.
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.
Viewers will get a chance to see “the ideal art gallery” of Pope Francis in a documentary film based on a book of an interview with the pontiff. Using state-of-the-art techniques, the movie titled “My Idea of Art,” shows high quality images of frescos, paintings and sculptures for a global audience.
A two-part exhibition, one at the Vatican and the other at the Jewish Museum of Rome, is focused on a classic symbol of Judaism – the Menorah. The exhibition also shines a light on the history of the Jews in Rome, from the time of the pagan emperors until today.
For Mother’s Day Crux decided to go talk to the moms in the Vatican, both biological and spiritual, about their experiences, challenges, role models and the gift of motherhood. All the women have in common the fact they occupy positions of influence in the Catholic Church.