EWTN to Film Art Series in Vatican Museums

The “Catholic Canvas” program show a vision of salvation history through art. The first episode airs on November 6 and on November 11. This is an initiative from the Primavera Fine Art Foundation Partners.
by Catholic.net Staff Writer | Source: Catholic.net

October 22, 2008. Norcross, GA. With the support of the Primavera Fine Art Foundation, founded by Regnum Christi members Earnest and Barbara Bentley, EWTN was given unprecedented access to the Vatican Museums to film a 10-episode original series called “Catholic Canvas.”

The first episode of the show will air on EWTN at 6:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 6 and at 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 11.

A Journey through Salvation History

"Catholic Canvas is a journey through salvation history as seen in the art of the Vatican Museums,” explained Mary Shovlain, the Rome-based producer of the show. “We begin with the Angels – the first to be created, the first to fall – which sets the stage for a journey through the Old Testament, from the creation to the fall of man, to our need for redemption and the promise of a redeemer, Christ.”

Entire episodes are dedicated to Mary, to the Epiphany, to Christ’s earthly ministry, his Passion, death and resurrection, St. Peter, and the saints. “Of course, our journey ends, as will all

Regnum Christi members Earnest and Barbara Bentley created the Primavera Foundation to spark a renaissance in art and to support vocations.
Regnum Christi members Earnest and Barbara Bentley created the Primavera Foundation to spark a renaissance in art and to support vocations.
of our journeys, with a look at the Last Judgment,” she added.

The team was also granted a rare privilege to spend four days filming inside the Sistine Chapel—a permission never granted before to any other network.

“The Sistine Chapel is the backbone for the series because, within it, the stories of our salvation are contained so beautifully,” said EWTN President Michael Warsaw.

Primavera chairman and cofounder Earnest Bentley is thrilled with the program that resulted with the support of his foundation.

“Primavera Fine Art Foundation is committed to creating a renaissance of fine theological art in the Church,” Bentley said. “As our Art Advisor Father John Bartunek, LC, has said, ‘Every great work of art is a window between time and eternity. When we learn to contemplate art or come in contact with it, we actually come in contact with God, a little piece of His glory.’

“For this reason, the Foundation believes bringing the treasures of the Vatican Museums into the viewers’ living room is both a privilege and an opportunity to share with EWTN in this work for the Church.”

Episode 1: The Angels

Episode 1, a visual feast called “The Angels,” will be hosted by Elisabeth

The first episode, “The Angels,” was filmed in the Sistine Chapel with Elizabeth Lev as the host.
The first episode, “The Angels,” was filmed in the Sistine Chapel with Elizabeth Lev as the host.
Lev, Professor of Christian Art and Architecture at Duquesne University’s Italian campus. Lev’s expert commentary provides viewers with an in-depth explanation of the artistic genius behind the representation of the Cherubim and Seraphim as represented in Costanza’s Sarcophagus, Rafael’s Madonna of Foligno, and many other masterpieces.


At the conclusion of each show, viewers also have the opportunity to see Father Mark Haydu, LC, International Coordinator of The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums who gives a short presentation about one of the many gorgeous restoration projects being financed by the Patrons.

Episode 1 of “Catholic Canvas” will air 6:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, Nov. 6 and 11 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Nov. 11.


The Primavera Fine Art Foundation

The Primavera Fine Art Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 by Earnest and Barbara Bentley, based in Norcross, Georgia. The foundation seeks to commission works of fine theological art as a means of creating an artistic renaissance in the Church and of supporting vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

After commissioning these masterpieces, the foundation makes them accessible to the public through tours, shows, and exhibitions

Artist Natalia Tsarkova presents her painting, Our Lady of Light, to Pope John Paul II.
Artist Natalia Tsarkova presents her painting, Our Lady of Light, to Pope John Paul II.
around the world, engaging in a work of education through media and lectures. It also produces signed, limited-edition reproductions for purchase, with the proceeds earmarked to support religious orders and institutes of consecrated and religious life.

The first artist commissioned by the foundation was the acclaimed Russian painter Natalia Tsarkova, who was the official portrait painter of three popes: John Paul I, John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI.

The Primavera Foundation commissioned three paintings from Natalia Tsarkova on three topics: faith, hope, and love. The first of these three paintings, entitled “Our Lady of Light” depicts the five new mysteries of the Rosary, the Mysteries of Light, introduced by Pope John Paul II in 2002. After a brief stay in the papal library, the painting was moved to the Vatican, and then to the United States Capitol Building. It is currently
on tour.



On the Net:

PrimaveraFineArt.org
EWTN.com



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