Graduate to Connect Art History, Faith During Vatican Internship

Graduate to Connect Art History, Faith During Vatican Internship

Art history major Larisa Chavez '13 (right) will watch her Catholic faith come to life through art history when she spends the summer as an intern for the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museum (Patron's Office). After departing in early June, Chavez will serve as a liaison to museum patrons, going on private tours with them, assisting the curators and helping with office administration.

"I can't wait to see my Catholic faith come alive through centuries of art history," said Chavez, who first heard about this opportunity through Msgr. Thomas Fucinaro, Rome campus chaplain. "This internship will give me an opportunity to learn everything I can about what goes into supporting a museum."

The Patron's Office, which coordinates donations to support the restoration of items in the Vatican Museum collection with the museum's curators, also extends hospitality to donors from all over the world visiting the Vatican Museum. While her Spanish and English will be very helpful working in an international office, Chavez will also begin Italian classes once she arrives.

After returning to the United States, Chavez, who tackled the topic of Vincent Van Gogh's color palette as self-expression in her senior thesis, hopes to continue working in art museums.

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