Invitation to Exhibit Opening, Talk, and Tour – The Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View

The New England Patrons of the Vatican Museums invite the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company to the exhibit opening reception


The opening will feature:

  • Guest speaker Dr. Romina Cometti, curator of the exhibit, from the Vatican in Rome
  • Fr. Daniel Hennessy, L.C. International Director of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums
  • Exhibit tour

Saturday, February 4, 2017
4 pm – 6 pm
Business casual attire

The exhibit will continue through March 26, 2017.

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company Museum
4th Floor, Faneuil Hall
Boston, MA 02109


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.

Mantegna shares with us his privileged view of:

  • The swearing in of the new recruits
  • Their miltary training and schooling
  • Their often unnoticed turns on the watch
  • Their presence among the crowds of pilgrims
  • Their daily lives as soldiers and as young men

An Exhibit at the Vatican Museums

"The Life of a Swiss Guard" was originally displayed in the Vatican Museums Cortile delle Corazze during the spring of 2016. The New England Chapter is privileged to host this exhibit in Boston’s Faneuil Hall.

Exhibit Overview

  • Military paraphernalia passed down from generation to generation of this military corps steeped in honored traditions
  • 80 photographs that disclose the dedication within the hearts of men who take the oath as members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company Museum - Faneuil Hall

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