Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art, one of the largest collections of art, documents and historically significant objects from the Vatican to ever tour North America, will be on view at the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University, from Jan. 29-April 24, 2011. Group tickets (for groups of 15 or more) are now available for purchase; single tickets will go on sale Nov. 19. The renowned exhibition is presented by Holy Cross Hospital, in association with PNC Bank and AutoNation.

Vatican Splendors illustrates the evolution of the Catholic Church and its papacy beginning with Saint Peter, with special emphasis on art and historical objects reflecting significant events and periods relating to Christianity. The exhibition includes more than 200 objects, many of which have never been on public view. It features spectacular paintings by artists such as Giotto and Il Guercino, sculpture by Baroque master Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and unique objects including paintings, mosaics, sculpture, jewels, intricately embroidered silk vestments, uniforms of the Papal Swiss Guard, as well as an elaborately decorated gold and silver reliquary containing bone fragments of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. A highlight of the exhibition is a small stone PietaÌ, a relief carved by Michelangelo late in his career, which is accompanied by documents and personal objects belonging to the Renaissance master.

The objects are presented in the Museum’s galleries and in specially-created environments that enhance the visitor’s understanding of both the historical and artistic significance of each work. Descriptive labels throughout the exhibition are bilingual in both English and Spanish, as is an audio tour, which is available for an additional fee.

The Web site for Vatican Splendors,, offers a direct link to ticket purchase, as well as complete information about the exhibition, photographs of objects, downloadable educator guides for schools, gallery layouts, descriptions for the media and information about the lenders.

Irvin Lippman, the Museum’s Executive Director, said, “This exhibition provides residents and visitors to South Florida a singular opportunity to view an enormously important artistic and historic collection that literally opens a window onto the development of Catholic Church, its contributions to the political and cultural life of the western world, and depictions of faith and art.”


Vatican Splendors will be on display at Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale from Jan. 29 until April 24, 2011 daily from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday evenings until 8 p.m. Special early pre-opening hours are available for group and school tours by prior arrangement by calling the Group Sales Office at (954) 262-0202.


Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale

One East Las Olas Boulevard at Andrews Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, Florida



Single Vatican Splendors tickets, which include general admission to the Museum, are priced at $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $13 for children, and will be available for purchase beginning Nov. 19. Single tickets for Vatican Splendors can be purchased at, at the Museum Box Office, at, or by phone at 1-877-2VATICAN (1-877-282-8422).

Group tickets (for groups of 15 or more) are NOW available for $17 per adult group ticket and $8 for a student who is part of a school group. To arrange a group tour, email or call (954) 262-0202.

Museum members may purchase anytime tickets at the special rate of $15 for adults and $11 for children ages 6 through 12. Members at the Reciprocal ($150) level and above receive two free anytime admissions to the exhibition. For Museum membership information, call Membership Development Associate Shelley Edwards at (954) 262-0221.

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