The Italian Almanac

self prtrait of Picasso

Italian News - July 17

The Vatican Museums, whose treasures include Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, plan to acquire modern artworks, the director said in an interview published on Sunday.

"I would like very much to have a Picasso," the director, Francesco Buranelli told the La Stampa newspaper. He said the Vatican Museums intend to obtain new works "above all in sectors like contemporary art."

The Vatican Museums are one of the biggest tourist attractions in Italy and are celebrating the 500th anniversary of their foundation.