SACRED ART SECTION –
THE POPES’ TREASURY

The importance of the Viterbo Diocese is shown by the beauty and historic importance of the treasures.

There are vestments and sacred objects once belonging to popes, from the Portuguese pope John XXI (1276-1277) up to Pius IX (1846-1878). Admirable are the many precious objects used by cardinals and bishops such as the ancient vestments of St. Boniface from the 12th century. In the art gallery there is a portrait of Pope Innocent XIII, bishop of Viterbo from 1712 to 1719.

Pallium of John XXI

Silk and gold III secolo   In Catholic liturgy the pallium is generally a strip of white wool worn around the neck by the highest levels of the church and indicates the bishop’s dignity. In this case it is a silk and gold pallium belonging to Pope John XXI (Giovanni XXI) who was elected in…

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Works by Francesco Nagni

This section contains many sketches by Viterbo artist Francesco Nagni for works done in bronze and present throughout the world. The majority of his works are in Italy where he had many state and church commissions. Viterbo has two of his works done in the 60s: the monument to the III Granatieri Regiment in bronze…

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Lapidarium

Following the inspections on the Duomo hill recently the remains of tombs were found. During the works done at the end of the 1800s the pavements in the side naves were removed and with them many tombstones. The finding, first cleaning and recomposition were done with Archeoares and the Tuscia University organizing a temporary exhibition…

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Reliquary cross

Reliquary cross

Cross: silver zone, chiseled, carved, rock crystal Reliquary: golden silver, gems 1634 Giovanni Francesco Frangi height 57 cm, width 28 cm, base 15 cm   The inscription on the base reveals that Cardinal Tiberio Muti, Bishop of Viterbo in 1634, had this reliquary containing fragments of wood from Christ’s cross gilded. The tiny Calvary with…

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Vestments

Vestments

Linen, silk and gold 17th-20th centuries   Among the vestments conserved in the Museum there are several copes wide, semicircular robes used like capes, open in front and held with a clasp, chausubles the robe used during the celebration of the mass in different colors according to the liturgical season; stoles or strips of linen,…

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Saint Anthony the Great

Saint Anthony the Great

Painted wood Author unknown 16th century cm. 60 x 45 x 180   The figure of Saint Anthony the Great is depicted standing, dressed with tunic and mantel displaying a Tau, symbol of the saint. The right hand is holding a book while the left hand might have been holding a staff. Before it arrived…

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The bust of Letizia Bonaparte

The bust of Letizia Bonaparte

Carrara marble Giovanni Duprè 1871 cm. 52×60   The white marble bust by artist Giovanni Duprè was part of the funerary monument of Letizia Bonaparte (1804-71) princess of Canino (VT) who was buried in the now closed chapel dedicated to S. Francesco Saverio in the Cathedral of Viterbo. The princess was a daughter of Luciano…

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Chalices

Chalices

Gold, silver and semiprecious stones 17th-20th centuries   In this display case we can admire many chalices dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Notable is the chalice decorated with sapphires and rubies donated by Cardinal Bernardo Pianetti. The walls of the room hold 165 ex voto, mainly praying figures or body parts from…

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Reliquary of St. John Baptist

Reliquary of St. John Baptist

molten silver, etched, engraved, gilded, painted box 14th century – angel 15th century (repaired in 1481) Anonymous silversmith of Viterbo area height 60 cm, width 29 cm, base width 38 cm   The reliquary shaped like an offering angel holds the remains of St. John Baptist’s (San Giovanni Battista) jawbone. The finding of the relic…

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Chalice of Canepina

Chalice of Canepina

Gilded silver 15th century   The examples of chalices of the 1400s from Rome and Lazio all have a model: that by Siena goldsmith Guccio di Rannaia created for Niccolò IV and the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi. The chalice of Canepina falls into this typology with its conical shape and flared base. It…

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