New photo exhibit on Swiss Guards opens at Vatican Museums

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican Museums unveiled a new exhibit on Friday focusing on the Swiss Guards.

The photographic exhibition features the work of photographer Fabio Mantegna, who takes the viewer on a tour of ‘The Life of a Swiss Guard. A private view.’

“They are…proud of the role they represent and the service to which they are called,” said Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, on the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museum website.

“However, they are also young men in their twenties with the same dreams, enthusiasm, and hope that any 20-year-old has,” – he continued – “This is what the photographic service of Fabio Mantegna shows. Here the photographic image itself, through the choice of subject, the composition of the shot, and the effects of light, offers a glimpse on the reality of the Guard which is never banal.”

The exhibit will also feature some of the uniforms and weapons used by the force.

“It is an exhibition showing a noble and ancient story, but it also speaks of the beautiful youth of a group of young men who are at the service of the Roman Pontiff,” said Paolucci.

The exhibit runs until 11 June, and there are plans to then take it to other countries.


Vatican Radio