Saturday, Mar 04, 2017 9:00a -
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company Museum Armory
4th Floor, Faneuil Hall Marketplace
BOSTON, MA 02109
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A new photographic exhibition which was unveiled at the Vatican Museum and is now on an international tour is coming to Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA from February 4th, 2017 to March 26th, 2017.
‘Life of a Swiss Guard’, reveals the most photographed military corps in the world in a new light, away from the uniforms and flags. The exhibit was prominently displayed in the Vatican Museums Cortile delle Corazze in Rome this past spring, and will be unveiled at Faneuil hall following a stop in California.
Photographer Fabio Mantegna has captured on film an intimate view of the life of the men who make up the Swiss Guard. Over a period of several weeks, he was fully immersed in the daily lives of these men, dedicated to protecting the Supreme Pontiff. From his vantage point as an insider to this highly visible, yet scarcely understood military corps, emerges through his photographic art a rare insight into their collective identity, but also their individual personality, all of which is sealed by their oath to lay down their lives, if necessary, in defense of the Bishop of Rome, the Successor of Saint Peter.
The exhibit features military paraphernalia passed down from generation to generation of this military corps, as well as 80 photographs that unveil the dedication of men who take the oath as members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard.
Visitors to the Faneuil Hall can find the exhibit on the 4th floor of the historic building, above the Great Hall, in the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company (AHAC) of Massachusetts museum. The AHAC is the oldest chartered military organization in the western hemisphere. Its charter was granted in March 1638 by the Great and General Court of Massachusetts Bay and signed by Governor John Winthrop.
Faneuil Hall and the adjacent Quincy Marketplace are steps from Government Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and is easily accessible by car and numerous bus routes and the T rail. Admission to the general public during the museum’s normal hours of operation (9:00am to 3:00pm EST Monday – Friday) is FREE. The Museum will also be open on the weekends and is FREE as well.
For more information please contact:
Andrea Gabrielle 617-628- 2300
The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is a non-denominational group that is committed to the restoration, preservation and increase in artistic patrimony of the collections and buildings of the Vatican Museums, while furthering the understanding and knowledge of its members of these works of art through lectures, meetings and
visits to the Vatican. To learn more about the Patrons and the Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View exhibit please visit their web site at: http://www.nevaticanpatrons.org/