Vatican treasures at Missouri History Museum

Over two hundred rare works of art and historical artifacts are on display May 15-September 12, 2010 at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.

Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art will showcase special objects from the Vatican collection, some never before on display.

From the museum's website:

Experience 2000 years of Vatican art and history, presented through extraordinary works by artists such as Michelangelo and Bernini, and objects marking the most significant moments in the history of the papacy and the Vatican.

“Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art” is comprised of nearly 200 rare artworks, historical objects and cultural artifacts from the collections of the Vatican, many of which have never been allowed outside of Rome, and including special objects never before on display, even at the Vatican.  The collection includes mosaics; paintings; frescoes; works by well-known sculptors; intricately embroidered silk vestments; precious objects from the Papal Mass; historical maps and documents; and historical objects from three major basilicas in Rome.