Today was a pretty laid back class day. The only place we visited was the National Gallery of Modern Art which is located in the Villa Borghese Gardens. The building (See pictures in the AP Studio Art tab under Artworks) is a beautiful facility to see work. There is a ton of natural light to really showcase the work. The majority of work is by Italian artists. There are some other very well known names - Van Gogh, Klimt, Cezanne, Miro, Monet, Courbet, Pollock, Kandisnky, etc. There were two floors that were open to us today and the second floor was by far my favorite. The collection has a Kees von Dongen painting that I have always really loved. I was able to draw from it today so that was a real treat. They also had one of Monet's many water lily paintings which I always love to see. We were able to spend a couple of hours in the museum and really got a chance to explore. It was a good morning/early afternoon.
So, I've been trying to think about some things that I haven't mentioned yet about Rome. One of the big things that is very different for me to see is the amount of armed (by that I mean machine gun armed) poilcemen and military who are at almost every tourist site and in and outside of all the metro stations throughout the city. At first I was concerned by their presence, but I have come to think of it more in a comforting sense. They really have just become part of the world we live in. I'm not sure that I feel good that is what I have become comfortable with, but it is what it is. Their presence did increase dramatically after the most recent attacks in London. I like to think that the Italian government is doing their best to be proactive.
This thought is much more light-hearted than the one before, but I want to say that the bus drivers in Rome are like rock stars! They can drive that bus through and around anything. Between the amount of cars that double park on the streets and the multitudes of Vespas and motorcycles that weave in and out of cars and lanes, there is NO way I would want to drive in this city, let alone drive a bus. I only have the utmost respect for all those Roman bus drivers.
This one might go into Mrs. Plagge's Random Thoughts on Rome, art and life in general...
It really appears that Italians like to use their duct tape with repairing their cars. I have seen some pretty good examples of this over the past 2 weeks. It really is not shocking when you see how tight some of the parking spaces in the city are. I think my favorite form of parking is pulling in between 2 cars vertically if they are both parked horizontally against the curb. It seems like the only car that can pull that one off is the Smart car, but they do it. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to get away with that one when I come back to the states.
I feel like this post has not been the most exciting, but who knows, maybe something will happen this evening. If it does, I will certainly get back to you. Ciao!