Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Heinz History Center to host Vatican exhibit of artifacts, artwork


From The Tribune Review-

Pittsburgh's robust Catholic heritage has earned it a papal visit of sorts.

One of the largest collection of Vatican art and historical objects to tour North America will go on display this fall in the Senator John Heinz History Center. "Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art" opens Oct. 2 in the Strip District museum.

The exhibit includes nearly 200 rare artifacts, relics and works of art from the 2,000-year history of the papal seat in Rome. They range from original frescoes dating from 1277 to artifacts unearthed from the catacombs beneath the Eternal City.

Some, such as a reliquary containing the remains of St. Peter and St. Paul, never have traveled outside the Vatican.

Pittsburgh is one of three cities in North America to host the latest round of the exhibition, open in St. Louis. The other venue is yet to be announced.

"The organizers know that Pittsburgh religious tradition is strong and that nearly 60 percent of people in Western Pennsylvania identify themselves as Catholic," said Andy Masich, president and CEO of the history center. "They felt there would be a very receptive audience in Pennsylvania for a world-class exhibit."

"Vatican Splendors" will display a first-generation cast of Michelangelo's' "Pieta" and signed documents and artifacts used in work on the Sistine Chapel.

More here-

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_686034.html

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