Today was a LONG day! We started out at 8:30 this morning with the bus and then the subway to get to the Colosseum stop where we walked past the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and then up Capitoline Hill to get to the Capitoline Museum. The museum houses everything from ancient statues, mosaics, paintings by Caravaggio and other painters as well as the remains of Capitoline Hill's once-massive, Temple of Jupiter. We saw the original and oldest known statue of the she-wolf with Romulus and Remus, the symbol of ancient Rome. We also saw the original statue of Marcus Aurelius, the greatest surviving equestrian statue of antiquity, which amazingly was not melted down for its bronze. From the museum there is an amazing view of the Roman Forum (check out pictures under AP Studio Art Work tab). We ended our visit viewing the Capitoline Venus that Nathaniel Hawthorne saw when he was in Italy and supposedly wrote The Marble Faun after seeing. Mark Twain’s visit to the Capitoline Museum in 1867 prompted him to write a short story, “The Capitoline Venus,” in which he described the statue as the “most illustrious work of ancient art the world can boast of”.
After looking at art for nearly 6 hours, I was pretty wiped out. That's why this is coming a little late! Sorry for that. It was a great day, but very overwhelming- an unbelievable amount of all different kinds of work. So after taking a short siesta we went to dinner. I am learning that dinner in Rome means starting dinner at 8 and having it last around 2-3 hours. It's quite a change from Cincinnati standards. No wonder I can't get over my jet lag and keep staying up until 1 or 2 in the morning! I feel like as soon as I adjust to this it is going to be time to come home!
I will see you shortly!