May 7, 2004


Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes
May 15 – September 6, 2004

Crates are being pried open at the San Diego Museum of Art for the summer blockbuster exhibition Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes. The 390-piece exhibition is being removed from crates and installed in preparation for its West Coast debut on Saturday, May 15, 2004.

In a rare opportunity, Monsignor Roberto Zagnoli, curator of the Vatican Museums, holds a 15th–16th-century missal stand that once belonged to Father Bartolomeo de las Heras who was chaplain to Christopher Columbus on one of his voyages to the New World. The Monsignor is assisted by Carlo Pellegrini, guard of the Papal Sacristy, who travels with the exhibition. Also in the crate is a study for the statue of Charity, one of two virtues that adorn the tomb of Pope Urban VIII. The statuette still bears the fingerprints of its creator, Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Tickets to Saint Peter and the Vatican are now on sale through the Museum box office or Ticketmaster and range in price from $18 for adults to $9 for children 6–17, with special discounts for seniors, military, college students, and groups of 15 or more. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended as tickets are sold for specific dates and times.

For guest convenience, shuttle service is available at no cost from the Inspiration Point parking lot (off Park Blvd. and Interstate 5) on weekends in May and June, and daily (Monday–Sunday) beginning July 3. The shuttle will be clearly marked “SDMA Shuttle” and will run continuously beginning at 9:30 a.m. until 30 minutes after the Museum closes.

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