It is 6:30 pm here in Rome. It was a warm one again today, but it is beginning to cool off towards evening. It was another day of gorgeous weather. I wonder when my luck is going to run out? There wasn't a cloud in the sky.
I am going to put in a picture of St. Peter's at night so you can see how beautiful everything is lit up. One of the girls who has been on the trip before took a few of us down to St. Peter' last night to have some gelato and sit in the square. She said it was one of her very favorite things to do. I have to agree. There weren't a lot of people around and you were able to walk around and just take in the sense of peace that was there. After a long day yesterday it was a great way to end the evening.
Today was quite busy. We started the day visiting the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs. It is a titular basilica church in Rome, Italy built inside the ruined frigidarium of the Roman Baths of Diocletian in the Piazza della Repubblica. The basilica was designed by Michelangelo, but he never saw its completion. It was a spectacular space that housed classical art as well as some contemporary pieces. It was a nice sense that the past is important, but that is not all that there is. Our future can be a fluid progression and incorporation of both are past and our now. Sorry for that deep thought.
We then visited the National Museum of Rome. It houses one of the world's most important collections of Classical art. On the four floors of the museum, sculptures, frescoes and mosaics, coins and jewels document the evolution of the Roman artistic culture from the late Republican age through Late Antiquity (2nd c. BCE - 5th c. CE) along an exhibition path in which Ancient Roman history, myths and everyday life live anew. I had the opportunity to look through the collections and then have some time to draw from them. The museum houses the best known copy of the original bronze sculpture known as "The Discus Thrower" sculpted by Myron. It was not discovered until 1841.
Before heading back to Loyola, we took a detour to see the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. The squares were filled with tourists. But, I did get the opportunity to throw a coin into the fountain to make a wish...it was not that all the Art 1 students would remember to email their finished paintings by tomorrow...
Lots of walking, looking at art and learning how to navigate the bus and metro systems and all the winding alleyways throughout Rome has been tiring, but very exciting. I will post again tomorrow! Ciao everyone!