It was our 4th day in Rome and we saw a lot. We picked up La Mama from her hotel around 9:30 or 10 and did not return until 6 or so. It’s different from being at a job for 8 hours or running errands all day. If you’re in a place sightseeing, walking, moving, observing, never fully relaxing until you return to your hotel, it can be exhausting, in a good way. Since I love art and beautiful objects every day in Rome was wonderful to me. I was grateful for the opportunity to see Rome and amazed that some brilliant artist created what they did. More
I say visualize the Vatican Museum because I can’t share any pictures with you. While photos of sculpture are okay, photos of the frescoes and paintings are a no-no. There were plenty of people trying to take pictures but I didn’t want to be shamed in Italian in front of other tourists.
We purchased tickets online for the Vatican Museum which I highly recommend. It’s straightforward and will save you time waiting in line, especially if it’s not warm outside. We arrived at St. Peter’s Basilica before our 11 am timed tickets to the Museum thinking we’d see Bernini’s equestrian statue of Constantine, Bernini’s St. Longinus, Borromini and Bernini’s Baldachin, Bernini’s Monument to Pope Urban VII (formerly Maffeo Barberini, Bernini’s greatest patron), Bernini’s Monument to Alexander VII (formerly Fabio Chigi), Michelangelo’s Pieta, Bernini’s Altar of the Chair of St. Peter and here and so much more. Think again! The line to go inside was so long that it was impossible to figure out where it started or ended. We thought we’d try to wait but realized that we’d miss our entrance into the Vatican Museum.
In my pictures of St. Peter’s you cannot see the enormous crèche or Nativity scene that was setup near the obelisk in the middle of St. Peter’s Square. There was also a huge line to get closer to that. Oh well. More
I was missing you as I woke up the last morning of our trip. The romance of your light and historical monuments plus the idiosyncrasies of your history, people and art will resonate with me. The abundance of tasty things to eat and drink at reasonable prices was a constant thrill. Walking around your streets for nearly 8 hours a day for 6 days straight was not enough to see all you had to offer. The seagull sitting on the head of the Moor in Bernini’s fountain above illustrates your past and present, and simply makes me smile.
In the days leading up to the trip I had an idea of what we would see but what made me put on a different thinking cap was a bag of pretzels on Alitalia. More
Bernini, Sculpting in Clay and Matisse, In Search of True Painting feature two artists who worked roughly 300 years apart but were foremost in their time and mediums. Both exhibitions focus on the artist’s process. In the case of Bernini before he created larger than life marble sculptures of saints and angels he needed to understand the technical aspects of his work. For Matisse he was searching for an answer to what exactly “true painting” was to him.