Monday, July 17, 2006


Vatican Museums Scouting for Art

What do you do when you have a Michelangelo on the ceiling? Dream of owning a Picasso.

The director of the Vatican Museums, whose treasures include Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, said the museums also wanted to acquire some modern artworks. He spoke in an interview published Sunday in the Turin daily La Stampa.

Asked if new acquisitions were being planned, Francesco Buranelli was quoted as saying: "Yes, above all in sectors like contemporary art."

With the museums already possessing works by Raphael and other artists besides Renaissance master Michelangelo, Buranelli was asked if he would like to acquire some other masterpieces.

"I would like very much to have a Picasso," Buranelli replied.

The Vatican Museums, one of the biggest tourist attractions in Italy, are celebrating their 500th anniversary this year.

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