Picturing Mary at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

MaryThe National Museum of Women in the Arts will be hosting a special exhibition exploring the concept of womanhood represented by the Virgin Mary as well as the social and sacred functions her image has served through time. This landmark exhibition organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts brings together more than 60 Renaissance and Baroque era masterworks from the Vatican Museums, Uffizi Gallery, and other museums, churches, and private collections in Europe and the United States. nmwa.org/exhibitions/picturing-mary-woman-mother-idea

Posted on October 1, 2014

Patron’s Mediterranean Cruise


May 1-7, 2015, with an optional Rome Extension May 7-10, 2015

Reunite with The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican this upcoming Spring for the trip of a lifetime! The cruise will visit the gems of the Mediterranean– leaving from Barcelona and visiting St. Tropez with an extension in Rome with Father Mark. Talks and guided tours are given by an art expert from the Louvre and the trip even includes a private after-hours tour of the Prince’s Palace in Monte Carlo. It’s a wonderful chance to see the many splendors of Europe and learn about the artistry of each place you visit. Click Here for more details on the cruise.

Posted on October 1, 2014

2014 Annual Dinner

The Washington D.C. Chapter will have its 2014 Annual Dinner on December 6th at the Apostolic Nunciature. We are very pleased that Archbishop Vigano has welcomed us again to his beautiful residence. It is a wonderful evening, and all Patrons will receive an invitation in the near future. Please save the date and we hope you will be able to join us!

Posted on October 1, 2014

2014 Chapter Project

The Washington, DC Chapter is purchasing an ArtLight II laser for use in the restoration laboratories at the Vatican Museums. This device will be used on a multitude of materials including stone, stucco, paintings, metal, and wood. The laser is used for selected cleaning objects without damaging their substates. This equipment, valued at over $32,000, is already in use and is being paid for by the Washington Chapter, with a final payment to be made in the spring of 2014. The restoration staff of the Museum is very grateful to have access to such an important piece of equipment.


Thanks to all the members of the Washington, DC Chapter for making this project possible!

Posted on February 22, 2014

March 2 – Tour of the National Gallery of Art


Suzanne Lomax, an organic chemist in the conservation division of the National Gallery of Art, will present a tour of the West Building of the National Gallery, focused on paintings portraying images and stories in the life of the Blessed Mother, and will concentrate on 14th to 17th Century Italian and Flemish works.

The tour will take approximately 1 ½ hours.  Please meet the group at 4pm in the West Building Rotunda. A donation of $10 is requested.

Please RSVP to patrons@francklohsen.com or by calling (202) 223-9449 by February 28th.

Posted on February 17, 2014

Vatican Works to be Exhibited in Washington

The Rome office has informed us that several important works from the Vatican Museums will be exhibited in Washington. The paintings The Rest on the Flight into Egypt named “The Madonna of the Cherries” by Barocci; The Madonna and Child by Sassoferrato; The Dead Christ with Angels, Adoration of the Christ Child by Sassoferrato; and the Regina Virginum by Puccio Capanna will be shown at the Figuring Mary. Woman, Mother, Ideas exhibit at The National Museum of Women in Art from December 5, 2014 to April 12, 2015.

Posted on February 17, 2014

30th Anniversary Gala of Worldwide Patrons

The 30th Anniversary of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums took place in Rome in October of 2013. Many chapters from around the world gathered to celebrate our accomplishments, tour the museums, and even meet Pope Francis. The amazing trip was full of memorable, humbling experiences, and we look forward to many trips to come.

Posted on February 11, 2014

Welcome To Our Chapter’s New Website!

Welcome to the Washington, DC Chapters’ new website, where we will post news, announcements, updates on projects, and other helpful information for our members. Click around and please let us know what you think!

Posted on February 11, 2014