Cardinal Blasé Cupich

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On a chilly November evening at the University Club (76 E. Monroe St.) loyal supporters of the Illinois Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums gathered for a solemn and significant occasion: “Silent Nights,” featuring a remarkable restoration of a masterpiece painting by Federico Barocci, entitled “Rest on the Flight into Egypt.”

“Rest on the Flight into Egypt.” by Federico Barocci
“Rest on the Flight into Egypt.” by Federico Barocci

As a rendering of the original painting, the oil-on-canvas creation displays a short stop by the Holy Family during their trip from Bethlehem to Egypt. This rendering is widely believed to be an accomplishment of a protégé of Federico Barocci; whereas the original masterpiece is held at the Pinacotecca of the Vatican Museums. Barocci’s original painting was commissioned by Simonetto Anastasia in the year 1573. Cardinal Blasé Cupich reflected on the astonishing rendering at the podium for all to hear as guests marveled at the detail, brush strokes, and ingenuity depicted in the painting.

Cardinal Blase Cupich on His Elevation
Cardinal Blase Cupich on His Elevation

As a 501 (c ) (3) non-profit organization, the devoted mission of the Illinois Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is to raise funds for the preservation, care, exhibition, and restoration of art in the Vatican Museums. With the firm belief that art inspires and develops our faith, the “Silent Nights” event was very appropriate and comforting for all visitors during our Christmas season.

Congratulations to Chairman Cardinal Blasé Cupich, the Cardinal’s Representative Reverend John J. Wall, President Anne Shea, and Vice President Donna Nelson Stride for a very memorable evening, clearly demonstrating the spirit of the season at the University Club.

Irene Michaels and Joyce Selander
Irene Michaels and Joyce Selander

 


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