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February 26, 2017

Years ago, I had the opportunity to spend an outrageous amount of time at the The Met. I actually worked there for a few years. I'd study whatever was in whichever gallery I happened to be in. I'd read about the collection. And sometimes I'd just stare at whatever was...

January 20, 2017

San Pietro in Vincoli (English: Saint Peter In Chains) is a small-ish church in Rome, on what used to be the outskirts of the city. The most famous resident is Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses... originally intended as part of the funerary monument of Pope Julius II....

January 20, 2017

I guess it goes without saying that The Vatican is going to house the greatest and most impressive collection of ancient Roman and high renaissance art in the world. After all, these are the guys who commissioned all the work. But I'll say it anyway: The Vatican houses...

January 20, 2017

An unbelievable collection!!! The main draws are the Bernini's and the Caravaggio's. But there's TONS more to see (and the Bernini and Caravaggio works ARE among the greatest masterworks by either artist; so when viewed together, the effect is dramatic).

All the early C...

January 20, 2017

This place has so many ancient, marble, portrait-busts you'd think they were pulling them out of the ground, for free in their back yard... hah. Get it? Because they kind of have been for 1,000 years...

Home of celebrated statues like The Capitoline Venus, The Dying Gau...

January 20, 2017

So this isn't the type of place one is likely to visit on their first (or even second) trip to Rome. It's not one of the more heavily trafficked tourist sites which in a way makes it a pleasant destination if you've already spent the morning surrounded by throngs of fe...

January 20, 2017

From Palatine Hill to the ruins of the Coliseum and the Roman Forum right next door, if there's one thing Rome's got in spades, it's ruins. Everywhere you turn! It's a bit startling at first... but quickly becomes strangely familiar: seeing the antique and dilapidated...

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