Rare Vatican exhibit to stop in St. Louis

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | 9:52 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis will be the only Midwestern stop in a traveling exhibition of rarely seen art and artifacts from the Vatican.

"Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art" opens May 15. Officials from the museum, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the St. Louis Convention & Visitor Commission planned to discuss the exhibition at a news conference Tuesday.

The exhibition is one of the largest collections of Vatican art, documents and historically significant objects ever to tour North America. Some of the items have never left the Vatican.

Highlights include artwork, personal objects and tools of Michelangelo; frescoes and mosaics; artwork dating to the third century; and bone fragments and other relics of saints.

Tickets go on sale April 19.


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