The Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company Museum
Armory 4th Floor, Faneuil Hall
Boston, Massachusetts

February 4 - March 26, 2017
Weekdays 9:30 AM - 3 PM
Weekends 10:30 AM - 3PM



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 Exhibition 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 exhibition 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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