A trip to Roma is better. . .–Don’t be a weenie. . .

go and see the Capitolini!

In the year of 2000, Janene and I visited Rome, on a tour, which as I have found out, I made into our own tour. Many things that were listed to be paid for extra, or not listed, we did on our own. We used the foundation of a tour to do our own. I still do that to this day sometimes. One thing, I am always glad we did was the visit to the Uffizzi, the other was the Capitolini. The Capitolini was the easiest, the hotel near the airport ran a shuttle to downtown Rome and it was a block away.

A year ago, when we went back to Rome, the Capitolini was on the top of my list. Number one, you can photograph there. Number two, there is some of the most beautiful sculpted portraits you may ever see. The only thing I can think might rival it, is the ΕΘΝΙΚΟ ΑΡΧΑΙΟΛΟΓΙΚΟ ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ (National Archaeological Museum) in Athens. To be in the courtyard designed by Michelangelo and getting a chance to see the copy of Marcus Aurelius outside (the real one inside) is wonderful.

A wonderful setting and the perfect light of Rome.

There was a show going on, which was interesting, but with a no photo thing, which for some reason, like a dumbbell I did photograph and got yelled at. The problem, I could not tell when the show was the L’età della Conquista (Age of Conquest) , and when it was the permanent collection. At least that is what I thought.

One of my favorite sculptures is Dying Gaul,  I always wondered why he is dying, except maybe for that nasty Jesus type gash in the chest, since his left hand would indicate an injury to the leg. By today’s body sculpting standards, his arms are too skinny and so are his calves. His feet certainly are big. His hands don’t have nobility of  a Michelangelo or a Carpeaux. He’s just a nude guy with spiky hair. But there is something different about this sculpture compared to all those six pack boys done by the Greeks.

Look at the beautiful face on this woman, much like a modern day Roman.


Almost matter of fact, how this sculpture sits, as if in a moment of thought.

These two unrelated pieces, seem like they are in the middle of conversation

Many pieces remind me of other artists, and I wonder is this sense of the moment built upon the wonderful spontaneity one feels from these beautiful sculpture carved from the coldness of rock. I see a Durer burgomeister (left) in one, Ingres  fils d’un bourgeoise (two right) in another.

Busto di donna di età flavia (below) is right out of Art History 101. Except you can get close enough to photograph all sides. She actually is much younger than the extreme frontal version. And I think that was a hairpiece of curls she was wearing.

There is so much beauty in the setting, beyond what the pictures below show.

The Capitolini is at the other end of the Forum, nestled into a neighborhood. It, too, sits above ruins which you are able to see when in the building. Like most of Rome, things are often deceptive, in that they are more complicated than what is on the surface. It is both fascinating and delightful. There is even more than the pitiful amount shown here!

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