2007 - “The Holy See’s Portal to the World”

Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Eck Visitors Center Auditorium

Francesco Buranelli, then director of the Vatican Museums, was invited to present the 2007 Keeley Vatican Lecture, in a visit co-sponsored by the Snite Museum of Art. He delivered a lecture entitled “The Holy See’s Portal to the World.”

Appointed by Pope John Paul II in 2002, Buranelli served as the general director of the Vatican Museums. During his time, he oversaw the maintenance, restoration, and promotion of the art of the Holy See, including Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, architecture, and gallery artwork. He also worked to develop a new website for the museum to increase its accesibility.

Buranelli also represents the Vatican in international preservation and restoration conferences and organizes traveling exhibitions. A native of Rome, Buranelli has worked at the Vatican Museums for 25 years. He earned a degree in etruscology and Italic antiquities and a dottore di ricerca (doctoral degree) in archeology from Rome University La Sapienza.

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