The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is a select group of benefactors dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of the vast collection of art contained in the Vatican.
For thirty years, Patrons worldwide have generously restored and conserved precious works of art and artifacts of history, thus allowing future generations to be inspired by one of the world’s greatest collection of art and culture.
In1969, Monsignor Pasquale Macchi, then secretary to Pope Paul VI ([later] Archbishop of Loreto) and Bishop Paul Marcinkus, then Pro-President of the Pontifical Commission for the State of Vatican City came to the States with the news that Pope Paul’s personal interest in inspired art had blossomed into a project to create a Vatican Collection of inspired Modern art.
Pope Paul planned to use the museum to encourage artists to consider the importance of inspiration and spirituality as a needed component in the creation of great art.
To accommodate the work, a committee was formed in New York City - the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, as a California group under the leadership of the Archbishops of San Francisco and Los Angeles had similarly done on 1982. The Patrons’ interest is primarily conservation and have created a list of its great accomplishments to showcase the Vatican Collection of inspired Modern art.
In 2006, Patrons from around the globe met with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for a private audience on the occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the Vatican Museums - Acknowledging the significant contributions made by the Patrons throughout the years in restoration and conservation projects.
With the support of the Vatican Office, the National Office, and at the local Chapter level, the Patrons have been significant in raising both awareness and funds for restoration and conservation projects in caring for the Vatican Museums, an ongoing testimonial to the highest achievement of the human spirit.