Vatican museum wants Picasso

Picasso may have been an atheistic communist but the Vatican Museums still wants one of his paintings according to the Museums director, Francesco Buranelli.

SF Gate reports that the Vatican's Museums are planning to add modern art to their collections. Museums director Buranelli told Turin daily newspaper La Stampa he "would like very much to have a Picasso."

The Museums, in their 500th year, house Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel as well as paintings by Raphael, da Vinci and Caravaggio.

Mr Buranelli told the paper further acquisitions were planned, "above all in sectors like contemporary art."

The Vatican's Museums are among the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, with three million visitors seeing its art, sculptures, tapestries and maps every year.

They were founded when Pope Julius II - who was the Pontiff from 1503 to 1513 - brought together a group of sculptures.

Report: Vatican Museums Scouting for Art (SF Gate 16/7/06)
Vatican 'to show more modern art' (BBC News 17/7/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Vatican Museums
Pablo Picasso website
Two Monoliths of Modern Art: Matisse & Picasso (Light Millennium)

Vatican Museum targets ticket touts (CathNews 17/3/06)

18 Jul 2006