Beauty — centimetres within reach – Vatican News

THE SECRETS OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS VATICAN VATICAN MUSEUMS ART #CELATAPULCHRITUDO Beauty — centimetres within reach Twenty meters above the splendid cosmatesque pavement of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s brushstrokes can be admired up close — the Maestro’s imprints left in the plaster. Vatican News takes you on a unique visit with the Vatican Museums’ technicians and restoration workers. By Paolo Ondarza – Vatican City In times past, a person called a mundator was responsible for taking care of the paintings in the Sistine Chapel and in the adjacent Pauline Chapel and Sala Regia. In 1543, Pope Paul III (Alessandro Farnese), instituted the position in a motu proprio, thus revealing the pains the Church, and in particular the Vatican Museums, has always taken to preserve, share and inform people about the invaluable cultural and historical heritage of beauty and faith that the Popes collected and safeguarded over the centuries. The mundator After completing the Universal Judgement, Michelangelo had laid down his paintbrushes for only one year when Pope Paul III decided to ensure that this unrepeatable page of painted theology would be dusted periodically, maintaining its splendor unchanged. The task to remove the dust and smoke that had accumulated on the walls was entrusted...

Vatican Museums: The Works of Mercy #7 – Vatican News

Vatican Museums: The Works of Mercy #7 “Proclaiming Christ means showing that believing in Him and following Him is not only true and right, but also beautiful. At the heart of the Gospel lies the beauty of God’s saving love, manifested in Jesus Christ who died and rose again.” Inspired by these words of Pope Francis, the Vatican Museums and Vatican News have teamed up again to explore the masterpieces in the papal collections accompanied by the words of the Popes. Francescuccio di Cecco, called “Francescuccio Ghissi”, The Dead Christ and the Angels; Adoration of the Child Jesus, tempera and gilding on poplar, c.1360, Vatican Art Gallery © Musei Vaticani Ghissi created this painting by uniting the central themes of Franciscan spirituality: the Incarnation and the Passion. They are represented in two images, one on top of the other: the Imago pietatis and the Adoration of the Child Jesus. The image of the Dead Christ seeks to evoke the Eucharistic sacrifice, with angels adoring in a tomb in the form of a tabernacle, besides the sufferings of the Passion and perhaps the feast of Corpus Christi. His birth and death—ideally connected—allude to the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of...

Pope designates buildings near St. John Lateran Basilica for cultural purposes – Vatican News

Pope designates buildings near St. John Lateran Basilica for cultural purposes In a letter addressed to the Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Pope Francis designates the buildings annexed to the Papal Basilica of Saint John Lateran for museum and cultural activities. By Vatican News staff writer Pope Francis has written a letter to the Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, authorizing the use of the buildings attached to the Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran as a museum and for culturally-related purposes. “Throughout the centuries, the Church has always worked to promote what is the fruit of the genius and mastery of artists, often as a testimony to experiences of faith and as instruments for giving honor to God,” the Pope’s note reads. “This has been done not only out of love for art, but also to safeguard the cultural heritage in the face of challenges and dangers that would deprive it of its function and value.” The Church, art and beauty Pope Francis notes that this special responsibility, “accompanied by a careful concern to consider places buildings and works as expressions of the human spirit and an integral part of the culture of...

When art came to the Eucharist’s rescue: Caravaggio, Domenichino, and Barocci

Flanked by theologians and girded with personal faith, these artists worked to spark imaginations and deepen adoration for the Eucharist in their empirical times. Source: When art came to the Eucharist’s rescue: Caravaggio, Domenichino, and Barocci – Spotlight – Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth –...