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The Patrons’ primary mission is to raise funds for the restoration, exhibition and ongoing care of the peerless works housed within the Vatican Museums’ extensive collection of both Western and non-Western art. The Illinois Patrons take on numerous restorations per year, both collectively and individually. Projects range in subject matter, medium, cost and duration.

“The art we have in the Vatican Museums is a moment encapsulated in the sands of time, standing still alongside its past, present and future. Without your congenial generosity, the test of time would decay the art into dust. Yet on the contrary, my friends, you have extended the life of art by this process, thus the brilliance of the works are forever instilled in the minds of the millions that walk through our gates because of your continuing concern for conservation.”

-Prof. Antonio Paolucci,
Director of the Vatican  Museums

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Sixteen figurative Attic vases from the Astarita Room
Pledged in March 2017. Donors: Arlene & Joe Ferrara The project aims to restore sixteen figurative vases of Attic production, which belong to the Astarita collection, all of which are exhibited in the showcases ...
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Thirteen figurative Attic vases from the Astarita Room
Pledged in January 2017 Donors:  Associate Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums The project aims to restore 13 figurative vases of Attic production, all of which are displayed in showcase D in ...
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Tapestry of the Wedding of King Luis XIV in Honor of Cardinal Cupich
Pledged in April 2016 Donors: The Illinois Patrons Chapter This tapestry is an 18th century copy of a 17th century original, completed in the workshop of Gobelins after a design by the artist Charles ...
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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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Cartoons for Mosaics in St. Peter’s Basilica: Isaia & the Cloud
Pledged in 2014 (Donor(s): Donna Nelson Stride) This painting is the cartoon designed for the lunette west of the vestibule of the chapel. Maratta depicts Isaiah in the act of turning to the cloud ...
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Japanese Sword Wakizashi signed “Yasutsugu”
Pledged in 2009. (Donors: Loyola Academy) This precious 19th century Japanese sword was made in the Kesho style by the school of Yasutsugu. There are various styles of the Japanese katana, but the Kesho ...
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Six panels from the Temple of Borobudur, Indonesia
Pledged in 2009 Borobudur is a ninth-century Mahayana Buddhist Monument in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. This is the largest and most popular religious temple among the Indonesian islands. The monument is comprised of six ...
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The Madonna and Child with Mary Magdalene
Pledged in 2012 Regarding the restoration, the first step consisted of fixing the back of the wood painting with the insertion of wood pieces where the cracks or bugs required a filling. The restorer ...
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The Miracle of Saint Peter
Pledged in 2012 (Dr. Bruce Waller) The Miracle of Saint Peter is located in the Loggia near the Pauline Chapel.  This artwork was restored in part by Board member, Dr. Bruce Waller. This piece ...
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Fragment of the Attic Sarcophagus: Stories of Jonah
Pledged in 2014 (sponsored by Susan Mazzoni on behalf of her daughter, Page Adler)
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Three Works by Cesare Fracassini: St. Lawrence Presents the Poor as Treasures of the Church
Pledged in 2013 (sponsored by James and Anneke Taglia)
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Fragment from the Roman Forum
(sponsored by Joseph and Arlene Ferrara) This Fragment of architectural sculpture is decorated one one side with a branch that generates open circles and ends with a cross. The Piece is fragmented: only the ...
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The Papal Flag of the Palatine Honor Guard
Restoration Completed June 17, 2015. Work began on The Papal Flag of the Palatine Honor Guard in early March. Professor Paolucci is very excited about this amazing upcoming project; the flag is not just ...
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Three 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, ...
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Feline Statuettes
Restoration Completed Pledged in 2012 Completed in January, 2013 Donor: Vecchio Family As early as the Predynastic Period, around 4,000 BC and through the New Kingdom, 1550-1070 BC, there were several specific animals that ...
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