Touring the Athenaeum
Group tours of the Athenaeum are popular. They are conducted by seminarians from the Athenaeum's Mount St. Mary's Seminary of the West. Tours are available during the school year and must be scheduled in advance.
All tours include key works in the Athenaeum art collection and feature two oils --: Liberation of St. Peter by Juan de Roelas (1558-1625) and Christ's Entry into Jerusalem by Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786-1846).
Tours also feature Vatican mosaics circa 1910, bequeathed to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in the 1950s by Capuchin priest Father Lorenzo Capitani of Tivoli, Italy.
The six Vatican mosaics include: The Blessed Virgin with the Infant Christ; the Pieta; two mosaics of the Crucifixion; St. Patrick; and Ecce Homo (Christ with crown of thorns). A seventh mosaic -- of St. Joseph - and part of the Capitani collection is not a Vatican Studios work but thought to be the work of a Venetian artist of the same period.
Visitors also see the impressive stained glass windows in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great and the chapel's reredos, carved by a German sculptor working at art studios in northern Italy.
Weather permitting, tour groups also may choose to walk the grounds and visit the Athenaeum's Marian and St. Gregory courtyards and the outdoor Stations of the Cross.
Tours may be scheduled by calling Linda Heidi at 231-2223.