Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum: Vatican Splendors

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum: Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art.

By Scott Green

May 20, 2016

Once again the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum has an exhibit which is not to be missed. The Reagan Library is the exclusive West Coast destination for Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art. This is a 10,000 square foot exhibition, comprising one of the largest Vatican collections ever to tour the United States, includes an extraordinary collection of historical and religious objects, some of which date to the first century, as well as works of art by Michelangelo, Bernini, Guercino and others. AdvanceVatican tickets ( http://www.reaganfoundation.org/tickets.aspx) are now on sale. The exhibit runs from MARCH 6 AUGUST 28, 2016

The Vatican Splendors exhibit contains the art, history, and culture of the Vatican, Objects included range from the earliest start of Christianity in Rome, up through the time of John Paul II. 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.

The objects are presented in 11 galleries and recreate environments designed to enhance the understanding of their historical and artistic significance. Visitors will feel transported to the Vatican, from the underground catacombs where the remains of Saint Peter were discovered to the magnificent papal chambers found above ground. From the sights and sounds of the grand Basilica to a touchable cast of Saint John Paul IIs hand, the exhibition is a multi-sensory experience. Its a great representation of the Vatican, including its spiritual, artistic and ceremonial treasures. One of the most interesting sections is a replica of Michelangelos working space during the painting of the Sistine Chapel, and a picture of the completed/restored ceiling.

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(Above images courtesy of Scott Green)

Select Objects Photo Gallery from Vatican Splendors Exhibit

Photo copyright 2016 Citt del Vaticano

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Photos of objects on display in the Vatican Splendors Exhibit

cast of the hand of john paul II

Cast of the Hand of Pope John Paul II

October 2002

Cecco Bonanotte (born 1942)

Bronze

The Reverenda Fabbrica of

Office of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, Vatican City State

Exhibit photo: 2010 Vatican Splendors.

Reliquary of Saints Peter, Paul, Anne, Joseph and Others

Reliquary of Saints Peter, Paul, Anne, Joseph and Others

Gold and silver metal

Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Vatican City State

Swiss Guard Uniform - Halberdier

Swiss Guard Uniform – Halberdier

20th century

Cloth, metal

Papal Swiss Guard, Vatican City State

Statue of Saint Paul

Statue of Saint Paul

Gilt metal

Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Vatican City State

holy family

Photo copyright 2015 Citt del Vaticano

papal garment

Photo copyright 2015 Citt del Vaticano

vatican painting

Photo copyright 2015 Citt del Vaticano

vatican splendors

Photo credit: 2015 Vatican Splendors

Bust of Pope John Paul II Ancient-Basilica

therogueinitiative.comPhoto credit: 2015 Vatican Splendors

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(Above images courtesy of Scott Green)

 

No matter what your religious beliefs are, the art, history, and culture on display make this is an exhibit not to be missed.

Vatican Splendors is organized and circulated in conjunction with the Congregazione per lEvangelizzazione dei Popoli of the Vatican City State. The exhibition is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions.

 

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL

LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

40 Presidential Drive

Simi Valley, CA 93065

MUSEUM HOURS

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. seven days a week

EXCEPT New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day

and Christmas Day

To plan your visit to The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum: https://www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/temporary-exhibitions/vatican-splendors/

For advanced online tickets: https://reagan.systemtickets.org/?refcode=dflt

For a short video on the exhibit please see:

For another short video tour on the exhibit:

To learn more about this exhibit, check out: http://www.vaticansplendors.com/

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