Saturday, May 4, 2013

Capitoline Museum

Thursday morning, Bill and I visited Rome's Capitoline Museum.

The square always looks stunning because it was designed by Michelangelo -- here's an aerial view of a model we found inside.

The permanent collection was supplemented by astonishing archaeological works from the reigns of Emperors Trajan and Hadrian brought together under the title The Age of Balance. This is a portrait of Hadrian's boyfriend Antinuous -- who was deified by Hadrian after his tragic death at a young age.

We only have space to hint at the splendours on display in the special exhibition.

The setting of the show -- the building itself -- is amazing enough. Under sumptuous ceilings,

the walls are carpeted in frescos,

a perfect setting for sculptures like these satyrs and centaurs.

One last artifact from The Age of Balance -- a white marble of 138-161 A.D. -- "Crate Containing the Ashes of Onesa and Practice". The closer we looked the more amazed we were.

"The Age of Balance" perfectly compliments the Capitoline's permanent collection, such as this mosaic of Orestes and Iphigenia from 300 A.D.

The permanent collection also contains later works like this 18th century bronze portrait of Michelangelo based on his death-mask.

It was getting on to lunchtime but we slipped upstairs to the Capitoline galleries of paintings. Here's Caravaggio's Fortune Teller (hint: she is stealing his ring).

The Capitoline Museum is famous for its courtyard of classical sculptures in the open air.

We were amused to see our favourite set -- the head and hand and foot of Constantine boxed up for restoration -- you may get used to seeing the Italian words: "in restauro".



  1. My dear friends, I have meant for years to get in touch about your trips particularly your first to Roma. And here you are again. As you know I lived there for a year many, many moons ago. Your photos bring tears to my eyes to see such familiar places. I really wish I was there with you to share the vast treasures and beauty Rome has to offer. One could live there for years and still not see all the intracacies of history that place has to offer.
    No two ways about it, I am jealous!
    Enjoy my boys, and I really do hope to visit sometime this summer.


  2. Hi, Marian! Happy to flood you with memories of Roma! We obviously love this town and its inhabitants. Indeed we must get together this summer some time to catch up!