Art Services International Exhibitions

SAINT PETER AND THE VATICAN: The Legacy of the Popes

Director of the Exhibition: Father Allen Duston, O.P.
International Director of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums

Mandylion of Edessa, 3rd -5th century, paint on linen (reliquary cover: silver, pearls, gilt wood and precious stones, dated from the 17th century), OGuest Curator: Msgr. Roberto Zagnoli
Consultant to the Office of the Liturgical Celebration of the Supreme Pontiff, Vatican City

Additional scholars involved.

The history of the Papacy is as old as Christianity itself. The Popes were the successors of the Apostle Peter and have governed the Catholic Church for nearly 2000 years. In our own time, the Popes have become some of the most important of world spiritual leaders, but the ministry has actually changed very little over time. The more than 350 extraordinary objects assembled to illustrate this rich history will be drawn not only from the vast collections of the Vatican Museums, but also from the churches and archives administered by the Vatican. Architectural settings have been designed to display the works in context, which include such relics as the Sarcophagus of the Good Shepherd (early 4th century) and the Mandylion of Edessa (c. 3rd-5th century), which is by far the oldest image of Jesus Christ preserved in Rome, as well as works by well known artists such as Giotto, Bernini, Cellini, and Canova. This is the largest exhibition from the Vatican to come to North America, and the first major exhibition to contain objects from the Pontifical Sacristy.

Organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia in conjunction with the Governatorato of the Vatican City State and the Office of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. The exhibition is produced by Clear Channel Exhibitions in association with Trident Media Group.


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Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Cincinnati Museum Center (Cincinnati, OH)
San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego, CA)
March 2 - July 7, 2003
August 23 - November 23, 2003
December 20 - April 18, 2004
May 15 - September 6, 2004


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