Fla. museum to host angel exhibit

WEST PALM BEACH -- The Norton Museum of Art here will be the final U.S. venue for a traveling exhibit devoted to angels. The exhibit, which is on loan from the Vatican Museums in Rome, will be on display from Jan. 23 to April 4.

Some hotels offer packages that include tickets to the exhibit. (See story below.)

"The Invisible Made Visible: Angels From the Vatican," traces the iconography of angels from 9th century B.C. to 20th century A.D. It features more than 100 paintings, sculptures, artifacts, ceramics, liturgical vessels and vestments from the Assyrian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman and Christian traditions. The works of artists such as Raphael, Salvador Dali, Fra Angelico, Lodovico Carracci, Georges Rouault, Guido Reni and Annibale Carracci are included.

The works are part of a permanent exhibition found at the Vatican Museums and were selected by a team led by Father Allen Duston, O.P., director of the exhibition, and Dr. Arnold Nesselrath, a curator at the Vatican Museums and Pontifical Galleries and guest curator for the exhibit.

The tour comes at a time of renewed interest in angels, observed Father Duston, citing the popularity of recent movies and TV shows. "These works of art show how angels have fired the imaginations of great artists for centuries," he said.

Daimler-Chrysler is sponsoring the exhibit, which is on display in Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore through Jan. 3. Art Services International, a nonprofit educational concern in Alexandria, Va., organized the exhibit and published the related catalog.

For the duration of the exhibit, the Norton Museum of Art will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets for visitors ages 18 and older cost $10; for children 6 to 17, $8. Younger visitors are admitted free. The cost is $9 per person for groups of 15 or more.

Docent-led tours will not be available, but a personal, portable information system can be rented for $4 and can be reserved when requesting tickets. For group tour information, call (561) 659-6555.

Clients not purchasing a hotel package can order the tickets from Vista Ticketing, which is open daily and levies a $2 service charge per ticket. Vista Ticketing, Phone: (888) 667-8664

Chesterfield creates package

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Chesterfield Palm Beach, a boutique hotel, created a two-night Angel package featuring a visit to "The Invisible Made Visible: Angels from the Vatican" art exhibit. The exhibit will be on view from Jan. 23 to April 4 at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach.

Rates of $595 for two people are for a superior room with a queen-sized bed and two VIP tickets to the exhibit. Such tickets allow unlimited visits to the museum. Parking and a daily continental breakfast are included in the package.

Chesterfield Palm Beach, Phone: (800) 243-7871

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