One of the largest collections of Vatican art and historical objects ever viewed in North America.
Experience 2,000 years of art and history presented through extraordinary works by artists such as Michelangelo, Giotto, Guercino and Bernini, and objects marking the most significant moments in the history of the papacy and Vatican.
Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith & Art is a collection of 200 rare artworks, historical objects, and cultural artifacts from the Vatican’s collections, including:
- a reliquary containing the venerated relics of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
- paintings by 16th and 17th century masters
- storied frescoes and mosaics
- objects discovered at the tombs of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
The exhibition transports visitors to the Vatican, creating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view artworks by its most celebrated artists and to explore an extraordinary collection of historical and religious objects. This special presentation of art and objects includes many never before on display in North America, and some not on view to the general public, even in Rome.
From the opening theater experience, where visitors will become immersed in the grandeur of the Vatican, to the closing object of a cast of Pope John Paul II’s hand (which guests may grasp), visitors will encounter the art, history and culture of the Vatican with unprecedented access and insight. The collections are organized to provide a window to the Vatican’s role in the world, with objects marking events throughout 2,000 years of history and tradition, including a more personal look at those who have helped shape, and been shaped, by the Vatican’s important influence over time. It’s a true “insiders” view of the Vatican, including its spiritual, artistic and ceremonial treasures.
The exhibition is organized and circulated in conjunction with the Congregazione per l’Evangelizzazione dei Popoli of the Vatican City State. The exhibition is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions.