Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums’ Restoration Projects


As the president of Hagan Development Co. for over 40 years, Bernard P. Hagan oversaw construction projects throughout the Bay Area. Outside of his business endeavors, Bernard P. Hagan dedicated his time and resources to several nonprofit groups, including the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, an interfaith group that supports the preservation and conservation of the Vatican Museums.

Currently, the Patrons are seeking support for a variety of restoration activities, including a project focused on the archeological frescoes from the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Dating back to the second century, the frescoes are part of the remains of an ancient building that was constructed long before the Basilica, which was commissioned by Emperor Constantine in AD 324.

The wall paintings, mosaics, and marbles feature scenes of domestic life as well as figures of satyrs, animals, and natural forces. Considering its age, the artwork is still in relatively good condition, but protective measures are needed to ensure that the frescoes are preserved for future generations. The Patrons hope to clean the frescoes’ surfaces, repair missing plaster, touch up paint, and add a protective layer of varnish.

The fresco project is just one of many from the Patrons’ list of restoration needs. To find out more about the organization’s work, visit www.vatican-patrons.org.