On 21 November, the Pope’s Museums inaugurate Antico Presente. L'Accademia disegna (Ancient Present. The Academy draws), the first exhibition ever held in the Vatican of drawings made in the Gregorian Profane Museum by students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome during the course in “Drawing from life”. This exhibition initiative is one of a kind, of high artistic, didactic and cultural value, and is the result of a collaboration established three years ago between the Vatican Museums and one of the oldest schools of art in the capital.
The exhibition, which includes works by 24 students of various nationalities, and is curated by Pier Luigi Berto and Maria Serlupi Crescenzi, is the result of an ambitious educational project involving a drawing workshop within the Vatican Museums. “Copying in the museums” has redirected the students to the ancient practice of drawing from life, and has provided an important opportunity for study, reflection, knowledge of art history and technical exercise in a continual dialogue between ancient and present, classical and contemporary.