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.
Presentation in the Temple with Saints
begun by Francesco Francia and
completed by Bartolomeo Passerotti
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.
After lunch we crossed underneath the piazza to the Palazzo Nuovo that houses yet more art.
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.
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.
Hercules in a 17th century restoration of a late 2nd century AD Roman copy of a 4th century BC Greek original.
And that concludes today's tour. Lots more to come before we get to the Imperial Fora.