There is another very important aspect to this app. One of the main reasons the Vatican Museums chose to create the app was to assist with fundraising for future restorations of the many artworks in the collection. Interestingly, not everybody is so positive about the restoration efforts, with The Guardian's Jonathan Jones
believing that "The Vatican's new philanthropy app could ruin everything", not because he sees any fault in the app, but because he does not believe that the restoration activity should occur at all. The Patrons of the Arts
are the dedicated supporters of the restoration projects for the works of art in the Vatican Museums collection. They provide much of the funding used for restoration works. In recognition of this the museums give patrons quite a few benefits, such as VIP events from galas to art historical conferences, complimentary and personalized tours of the Museums, Gardens, Sistine Chapel, Necropolis, and spaces of the Museums otherwise not open to the public. Patrons have direct contact to curators and restorers, and they can skip the queue when accessing St. Peter's Basilica.
Patrum encourages (but does not require) its users to become patrons. They also make it easy for an art lover to sponsor a specific restoration project. A number of the specific restoration projects indicate their funding goals next to the images and descriptions. For instance the museums hope to raise $78,650 to provide educational interactive screens in the Etruscan gallery.
The app tries to immerse art lovers in the Vatican art collection, behind the scenes. In many ways it is a reward to the collection's greatest supporters - who can, of course, now network with each other.