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2015 Annual Dinner

Cocktail Hour, 2015 Annual Dinner
Cocktail Hour, 2015 Annual Dinner

The Washington Chapter enjoyed a wonderful Annual Dinner on Saturday, December 5th, 2015. Archbishop Vigano, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, hosted the chapter at the Nunciature. The cocktail hour afforded members the opportunity to socialize with members from other chapters who were visiting DC. After the delicious dinner, we were honored with a concert by Concerto Degli Imperfetti. This ensemble is devoted to the performance of Renaissance music on original instruments and features Washington DC Patron Jean Cioffi. It was a marvelous and memorable evening, and we hope to see many of the members at the 2016 Annual Dinner.

Cocktail Hour, 2015 Annual Dinner
Cocktail Hour, 2015 Annual Dinner
Cocktail Hour, 2015 Annual Dinner
Cocktail Hour, 2015 Annual Dinner
Cocktail Hour, 2015 Annual Dinner
Cocktail Hour, 2015 Annual Dinner
2015 Annual Dinner
2015 Annual Dinner
2015 Annual Dinner
2015 Annual Dinner
2015 Annual Dinner
2015 Annual Dinner

Posted on December 9, 2015

Lunch on the Etruscan Terrace

On Monday, May 18th, following their tour of the Restoration Laboratories, the Patrons were treated to a wonderful lunch on the Etruscan Terrace overlooking the Museums. A wonderful venue and a memorable day…

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Posted on June 5, 2015

Restoration Laser in Use

During the 2015 Chapter Trip to Rome in May, the DC Patrons were shown the ArtLight II Laser that was donated by the DC Chapter. This laser is used for cleaning extremely delicate works of art without damaging them. The chief conservator was extremely thankful to the Chapter for funding the equipment. He told us that he never thought he would have access to such a wonderful piece of equipment!

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And right on the side of the unit is a placard noting that the DC Chapter of the Patrons made it possible.

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Posted on June 5, 2015

A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

While visiting the Sistine Chapel with the Washington and Belgian Patrons, Jean Cioffi was asked to sing, a truly unique experience for both Jean and the audience. The Chapel is even more beautiful when filled with song! Click Here to see the Video

Posted on June 4, 2015

2015 Rome Trip

Members of the Washington Chapter have recently returned from our 2015 Chapter trip to the Eternal City. From May 16 though the 22nd, our group, joined by the Belgian Chapter, enjoyed a series of very special experiences, including:

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Saturday, May 16 – A private Mass at the Pantheon, with Washington Patron Claudio Cioffi delivering a reading.

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Sunday, May 17 – A tour of the Catacombs of St. Priscilla.

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Monday, May 18 – A prayer service in memory of our deceased Patrons in the Church of San Pellegrino inside Vatican City…

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Followed by a delightful Coffee Break on the lawn in the Vatican Gardens,

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And a tour of the restoration laboratories.

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A conservator explained the processes being completed on the Washington Chapter’s leather wallcovering project.

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Tuesday, May 19 – The group was allowed a private tour of the extensive Bernini Gardens at the Castel Gandolfo.

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Following the tour was a delicious lunch consisting of produce grown on the farm at Castel Gandolfo.

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Wednesday, May 20 – Following an audience with Pope Francis, the Patrons were able to reflect on the experience with a wonderful luncheon at Lo Scarpone on the Janiculum Hill overlooking the Vatican and the city of Rome.

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Thursday, May 21- Private Mass celebrated by Msgr. Hogan and Fr. Haydu at Sant’ Anna Church.

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Followed by a black-tie dinner in the Museum, this year in the Caravaggio Room. We will be sharing some of the individual Patron’s experiences and impressions from the trip in upcoming posts, but by all accounts it was a fantastic trip!

Posted on June 4, 2015

2015 Chapter Project

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The Washington Chapter is sponsoring the restoration of the Polypthic with Madonna, Child and four Saints. This wonderful polypthic is the work of the painter Giovanni Bonsi, who lived in Florence and was active 1351-1371. Unfortunately, little is known about his life, but it is believed that he completed his apprenticeship at the Orcagna workshop. In 1366, together with Taddeo Gaddi, Orcagna and Andrea di Bonaiuto, he was part of the Commission for the building of the new Cathedral. Few of Bonsi’s works are known, but this polyptych is undoubtedly the most important one.

In the central panel, the Virgin Mary is represented with the baby Jesus on her lap. She sits on a decorated and chiselled throne of gold. An inscription at the bottom of the painting reads that the piece was created in 1371 by Giovanni Bonsi from Florence: A.D.M.C.C.L.XXI. JONES BONSI DE FLORENTIA ME PINSIT. Four saints are represented in the side panels. On the left, St. Onofrio the Eremite, stands with long hair, grasping his stick between two tree-topped rocks. Then there is St. Nicholas, in Episcopal dress, with three spheres of gold in his hand. On the right side of the Virgin, St. Bartholomew is shown with a knife in his right hand and a book in his left. By his side, St. John the Evangelist is depicted writing. The name of each Saint is written in the predella below. Pictured in the cusps above each of the four saints are small gilded portraits of Dominicans. The scene above the Virgin Mary is of Christ blessing a book. This painting is expected to be returned on display in the Painting Gallery.

Posted on December 12, 2014

2014 Annual Dinner Recap

The Washington Chapter enjoyed a wonderful Annual Dinner on Saturday, December 6th. Once again Archbishop Vigano, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, graciously hosted us at the Nunciature — “The Holy Father’s House in Washington”. The cocktail hour and dinner were delightful as always, and this year we had the honor of a special musical guest, Matt Maher. Matt sang three songs after dinner, and shared some of his experiences, such as singing at World Youth Day in Rio for a crowd of three million. It was a great event, and if you have not joined us for the Annual Dinner, it is definitely a “must do” event — put a reminder on your calendar now for 2105!

Posted on December 12, 2014

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

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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