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The Patrons support the preservation and conservation efforts of the Museums. While the themes in our priceless collection may be eternal, the paintings, sculptures, frescoes, tapestries and historic buildings are sensitive to the ravages of time.

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The Patrons host events and programs throughout the year to support current restoration projects, provide an opportunity to mingle with fellow Patrons, and create awareness among the Chicago community about our mission.

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ASSOCIATES' BOARD

We welcome you to become members of the Illinois Patrons of the Vatican Museums. Patrons receive many exclusive benefits in addition to the privilege of preserving one of the world’s greatest collections of art, now and for years to come.

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The Illinois Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is a non-profit organization that raises funds for the preservation, care, exhibition, and restoration of art in the Vatican Museums.

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marble-base-v-centry-prefect-of-rome.2Marble Base Carved by the V Century Prefect of Rome

Pledged in 2015 (Donor(s): The Associates’ of the Illinois Patrons Chapter

In ancient times, this marble base supported a statue of Acilius Glabrio Sibidius who, as the inscription makes clear, had important government roles in Greece, Campania and west Gallia. The dedication, which dates back to the beginning of the 5th century AD, was made by Sibidius’ son, Anicius Acilius Glabrio Faustus, who had a political career even more illustrious than his father’s. Faustus arrived at the consular office in 438 AD after having been the Prefect of Rome and the Prefect of the praetory of Italy, Africa, and Illyria. Although there is little certainty as to the base’s place of origin, the long inscription on the front indicates that it was mounted in a public space in ancient Rome.


ph-campaign-3-carriagesThree Papal Carriages and Commemorative Painting

Pledged in 2014. Last year the Pavilion of the Carriages underwent a dramatic transformation thanks to the direction of its new curator. This exhibition, which was inaugurated on April 19, 1973 by Paul VI, has grown over the years and now holds an enlarged, beautified, and enriched collection.

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Marble Base Carved by the V Century Prefect of Rome
Pledged in 2015 (Donor(s): The Associates’ of the Illinois Patrons Chapter In ancient times, this marble base supported a statue of Acilius Glabrio Sibidius who, as the inscription makes clear, had important government roles in ...
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13 Antique Terracotta Vases from the Regolini Galassi Tomb
Pledged in 2015 (Donor(s): Joe & Arlene Ferrara) In 1836, at the necropolis of Sorbo in Caere (modern day Cerveteri), Archpriest Alessandro Regolini and General Vincenzo Galassi excavated one of the richest and most ...
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Cartoons for Mosaics in St. Peter’s Basilica: Joshua Stops the Sun
Pledged in 2014 (Donor(s): Dorothy O’Reilly) The painting is the cartoon designed for the bezel west of the vestibule of the chapel. Joshua, the ancient Hebrew commander, son of Nun and Moses’ successor as ...
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Cartoons for Mosaics in St. Peter’s Basilica: Miriam Dancing
Pledged in 2014 (Donor(s): Cynthia Piech and Robert Piech) This cartoon was designed as a model for the mosaic of one of the figures in the semilunetta, east of the vestibule of the chapel. ...
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