Sunday, May 22, 2011

Day Three - Campidoglio - Part Two

The Dying Gaul (of which much more later)

Marsyas challenged Apollo to a musical duel. For daring to challenge a God, Marsyas was condemned by Apollo to be flayed alive. This Roman copy of a Hellenistic original captures his anguish and was a model for later depictions of the Crucifixion of Jesus.

Horse and Charioteer

Hercules combating
Copy of a 4th c. BC bronze

Detail of Hercules

Presentation in the Temple with Saints
begun by Francesco Francia and
completed by Bartolomeo Passerotti

Your guide

We were more than ready to sit down for lunch and waited a while for a seat outside on the terrace, overlooking the roofs of Rome. What an incredible setting. Near us was a table that was a joy to observe, a multi-generational family or collection of friends obviously enjoying each other. This puts one in mind of the Italian proverb: A tavola non si invecchia (one does not age at the table) and of the reality that Italians know how to live and enjoy life.

Victory in her quadriga (four-horse chariot)
viewed from the terrazza

After lunch we crossed underneath the piazza to the Palazzo Nuovo that houses yet more art.

Another river god

This statue is called il Marforio because it was found in the Forum of Mars (Martis Forum). Stylistically it is from the Flavian period (first century AD). The attributes of Ocean were added in 1594.

Diana / Artemis

Diana the Huntress

I am guessing this is Pomona,
goddess of fruits and nuts,
for whom my undergraduate college is named,
and that is why I paused for this photo.

Hellenistic statue of a Satyr

Colossal statue of Mars, God of War

Hercules in a 17th century restoration of a late 2nd century AD Roman copy of a 4th century BC Greek original.

Wounded Amazon based on a work of Pheidias

Apollo with Lyre

Hall of the Faun

And that concludes today's tour. Lots more to come before we get to the Imperial Fora.

--the BB


Grandmère Mimi said...

...the reality that Italians know how to live and enjoy life.

Ain't that the truth? That's one of the things I love about Italy - the Italians.

At least some of the people wore clothing in those long ago days.

Lovely pictures, Paul. They bring back fond memories.

Paul said...

Mimi, I rather suspect you and I have Italian souls.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Oh yes!!!

Fran said...

Wow, I am so enjoying the vicarious adventures, beauty and la bella vita di Roma. Thanks for doing this - so generous!

And the Italians, they do know how to live. *sigh*

I have made two treks to Rome, both marred by some issue or another. Your descriptions and photos give me hope.