A copy of Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna” hangs in the Museum of the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal.

A copy of Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna” hangs in the Museum of the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal.

Young adults are invited to experience the beauty of Marian art at “An Evening of Marian Masterworks” at the Miraculous Medal Art Museum on Friday, April 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. The museum is located at 475 East Chelten Avenue in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

Nick Gibboni, an official with the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal (CAMM), will share his knowledge of art history and give a presentation on significant museum pieces as well as information about the shrine. Refreshments, including hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, will be served. The evening will end with prayer in the chapel.

Young adults are asked to RSVP to the event by phone at 215-848-1010 or online. A free will donation of $10 is suggested. Proper ID is required, and each person will receive two drink tickets.

“I never get tired of watching visitors’ reactions to the art museum here,” Gibboni said. They are always surprised at the treasures contained here — hundreds of masterworks from the Gothic/Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods,” he added.

“I’ve enjoyed learning about how the museum’s fascinating history intertwines with the history of CAMM, and our founder, (Vincentian) Father Joseph Skelly, and how so many art collectors came to donate their paintings to Father Skelly for inclusion in his museum, to be enjoyed by the ages.”

In his tours for art museum visitors, Gibboni enthusiastically shares Father Skelly’s vision for the shrine and museum, and likes to draw people into specific art works by sharing interesting facts about them or inviting a deeper understanding of the artist’s time period or way of life.

“These masterpieces are presented here in the hope that they will inspire you with greater love for Our Lady,” wrote Father Skelly. “The Miraculous Medal Art Museum is privileged to present some of their great Madonnas. Here you will find Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, in all her wondrous loveliness.”