Beautiful treasures from The Vatican Library Collection

March 3, 2010

The Vatican Library, heir to the ancient papal libraries, is one of the world’s greatest repositories of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and incunabula (books printed before 1501). Founded by Pope Sixtus IV in the late 1400s, the Vatican Library houses more than 70,000 volumes of manuscripts, as well as tens of thousands more maps, parchments, and archival volumes.

The artistic strengths of the Vatican Library are found in the magnificently frescoed Sistine Chapel and the sacred antiquities of the Museo Sacro (Museum of Christian Art). The Vatican Library also possesses exceptional Byzantine and Romanesque ivories, textiles and vestments dating to the earliest centuries of the Church, frescoes and ancient paintings by major artists, and the incomparable Treasury of the Sancta Sanctorum (Holy of Holies) with its Medieval reliquaries.

Through an exclusive licensing agreement with The Vatican Library, our supplier has been granted the privilege of entering the library, and permission to sketch and photograph the breathtaking works of art within. Drawing on these resources, they have created a line of jewelry and gifts inspired by The Vatican Library’s renowned, yet seldom viewed, art and architecture.

Jeweled angels, etched crosses, engraved crucifixes, hand-strung rosaries, hand enameled rosary boxes, delicate bookmarks and faith inspiring key rings are among the many offerings available from The Vatican Library Collection.

Read more about some of the Vatican treasures, and view selections from the Vatican Library Collection at

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