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Great Holiday Gifts: $20 Gift Certificates for Admission to Vatican Splendors 

Great Holiday Gifts: $20 Gift Certificates for Admission to Vatican Splendors, Major Exhibition On View at Museum of Art I Fort Lauderdale January 29 - April 24, 2011

Gift Certificates, Presented in a Beautiful Holiday Card,
Go on Sale Friday, November 19 at the Museum Box Office

Exhibition presented by Holy Cross Hospital in association with PNC Bank and AutoNation

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – November, 2010 – Those looking for the perfect, unique holiday gift can give the experience of the Vatican – that is, the major exhibition Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art on view at the Museum of Art I Fort Lauderdale - Nova Southeastern University from Jan. 29-April 24, 2011. On Nov. 19, $20 gift certificates providing one admission to Vatican Splendors will go on sale at the Museum Box Office.

Each gift certificate will be placed in a beautiful holiday card featuring an image of Giotto di Bondone’s Bust of an Angel, one of the works showcased in the exhibition. Gift recipients simply turn in the certificates at the Museum Box Office to receive tickets for any day or time that the exhibition is open.

Irvin Lippman, the Museum’s Executive Director, said, “The Vatican Splendors gift certificates are an ideal gift for the holidays: they make it easy to give the experience of one of the largest Vatican collections ever to tour North America.”

Vatican Splendors is one of the largest collections of art, documents and historically significant objects from the Vatican ever to tour North America. The exhibition presents spectacular paintings by artists such as Giotto and Il Guercino and sculpture by Baroque master Gian Lorenzo Bernini, along with unique objects illustrating the Catholic Church’s impact on history and culture. The exhibition’s more than 200 objects, many of which have never been on public view, are presented in the Museum’s galleries and in specially-created environments that enhance the visitor’s understanding of both the historical as well as the artistic significance of each work. Objects include 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 Pietà, a relief carved by Michelangelo late in his career, which is accompanied by documents and personal objects belonging to the Renaissance master.

Lippman 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.”

Organized and circulated in conjunction with the Congregazione per l’Evangelizzazione dei Popoli of the Vatican City State, Vatican Splendors is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in association with the Museum of Art I Fort Lauderdale. The exhibition is designed to take visitors on a journey into the heart of Vatican City – one of the world’s smallest states, but also one of the richest in history, tradition and culture. The collections are organized to provide a window to the Vatican’s role in the world, with objects marking events throughout 2,000 years of history and tradition. The Vatican has played a central role in creating and preserving Western art and the exhibition includes major works created specifically for the Church. Collectively, they illustrate the evolution of the Church and its papacy beginning with Saint Peter, with special emphasis on art and historical objects reflecting significant events and periods relating to Christianity.

Tickets to Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art, which include general admission to the Museum, are priced at $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $13 for children. Museum members are able to purchase ANYTIME tickets at the special rate of $15 for adults and $11 for children age 6 through 12. Members at the Reciprocal ($150) level and above receive two free ANYTIME admissions to the exhibition. To purchase tickets, please call 877-2Vatican. For Museum membership information, please call Membership Development Associate Shelley Edwards at (954) 262-0221.

Group tickets (for groups of 15 or more) are available for $17 per adult group ticket and $8 for a student who is part of a school group. To arrange a group tour, please contact our helpful Group Sales Office at or by phone at (954) 262-0202. To arrange a group event please contact Special Events Manager Gail Vilone at 954-262-0249 or

Hours for Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art are daily from 11 am until 6 pm, with extended hours on Thursday evenings until 8 pm. 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. Descriptive labels throughout the exhibition are bilingual in both English and Spanish, as is an audio tour, which is available for an additional fee.

Funding for the exhibition in Fort Lauderdale has been provided by Presenting Sponsor Holy Cross Hospital, and Associate Sponsors PNC Bank and AutoNation. Additional support is provided by LXR Resorts and Hotels, including Bahia Mar and the Official Fort Lauderdale Host Hotel, the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six. Media support is being provided by the Sun-Sentinel, Clear Channel and Comcast.

Funding for the Museum of Art is provided, in part, by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Organized and circulated in conjunction with the Congregazione per l’Evangelizzazione dei Popoli of the Vatican City State, the exhibition is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in association with the Museum of Art I Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University.

Since its founding in 1958, the Museum of Art I Fort Lauderdale has served our growing community as a gathering place for friends and neighbors, a lifelong learning center for children and adults, and as a dynamic hub for the cultural life of Broward County. Housed since 1986 in a distinguished modernist building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, the Museum is South Florida’s premiere destination for quality exhibitions and programs that encompass every facet of civilization’s visual history. During the past five years, more than one and one-half million visitors have enjoyed remarkable exhibitions like Cradle of Christianity, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, and American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. In 2008, the Museum became part of Nova Southeastern University, the sixth largest private university in the nation, to form an expanded arts campus that joins the school’s Davie location with the Museum’s downtown Fort Lauderdale address.

The Museum of Art is located at One East Las Olas Boulevard at Andrews Avenue and is always open at

Media Contacts:

Emily McCrater, Museum of Art I Fort Lauderdale


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