Vatican Library loans early engravings from St. Peter’s Basilica for new exhibition at Museum of the Bible

May 27, Bible Museum will open Basilica Sancti Petri: The Transformation of St. Peter’s Basilica, an exhibition that explores how the architecture of the Vatican’s iconic church has influenced the design of cathedrals around the world. The exhibition is in collaboration with the Vatican Apostolic Library.

The exhibition is inspired by “Basilica Sancti Petri”, a publication edited by Barbara Jatta, director of the Vatican Museums. This book presents extraordinary engravings from the Vatican collections that tell the story of the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Through the work of famous architects and engravers, such as Antonio da Sangallo, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Lievin Cruyl, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Giuseppe Vasi and others, these etchings offer insight into the past, projects architectural pieces ever made. , and in the final structure chosen for St. Peter’s Basilica. The original prints depicted in the book will be exhibited in the exhibition.

“The story of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is, in many ways, the story of church architecture,” said Jeffrey Kloha, chief curator of the Museum of the Bible. “We are grateful for the partnership with the Vatican Apostolic Library. Their efforts and generosity have made it possible for the people of Washington to see this history in person through these magnificent engravings.”

The exhibition, which will run until August 28, is part of the Vatican Museum of the Bible’s long-term exhibition, Treasures from the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Library. It is included in the general admission price.

More information about the Museum of the Bible is available here.

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