I know I’ve posted about Rome twice already, but I still need to do my standard pictures-and-captions post.
Here’s the thing though. I was pretty convinced that everything I brought to Rome with me would get stolen by tricky Roman pickpockets (nothing did; I had a system), so I decided not to bring my nice camera. Instead I brought my crappy wal mart camera that you have to hold really still or else the picture gets all blurry, since I figured if the pickpockets accidentally stole that they’d take one look at it and give it back.
So basically the pictures are extra-mediocre this time, but I’ve picked out the ones that came out the best. Also I’ve decided to supplement it with some of my sketches. The DIS architecture program really emphasizes sketching, and while I resented it when I was forced to sketch on the Germany/Netherlands tour, since this was a non-architecture tour and no one was forcing me, I actually found it rather enjoyable. I figure it’s more personal than a photo, if in the end just as mediocre (forgive my abysmal perspective and the fact that I basically just scribble so mistakes look intentional.)
The Pantheon and tourists. I want you to get an idea of the disgusting number of tourists in Rome. (I know I was part of the problem.)
This is Michelangelo’s first Pieta. Can you see it? No, me neither, because its trapped behind a sea of tourists who don’t even know what they’re looking at (residual snobbish anger) (I did, of course, push my way to the front and get a decent look, but it was still behind glass which was annoying but I guess necessary.)
Seeing THE Laocoon peeking through the grass in the sculpture garden of the Vatican was one of the most exciting things to happen in my art history major career
In the words of our instructor, “I believe this building needs no introduction.” I was there.
I walked by this an embarrassing number of times before I realized it was Borromini’s Saint Carlo alle Quattro Fontane. #sorryEJ
After a long quest for the mediterranean, we finally found it in a random suburb of Rome.
A Statue of Voldemort in Castel St. Angelo
Rome has all these drinking fountains that are apparently not as janky as they look
A drawing of an arch at the Roman Forum. (Rome is lousy with arches)
Ruins of the Temple of Saturn at Ostia, an ancient Roman trading center that is very well preserved because (this is when I stopped paying attention).
An ancient public restroom where the Ostians sat, side by side, rich and poor, young and old, male and female, and took care of business.
This is the poet Keats’s Grave. What I thought was really weird was that Keats’s grave didn’t have his name on it, but the grave next to it, for some guy named Joseph Severn, was literally all about Keats. It said Severn was Keats’s “deathbed companion,” and even though he died some 50 years later, he chose to be buried next to Keats, along with his infant son. But not his wife or anything. It really didn’t make sense. So I did a quick sketch to remind myself to google it and find out who this Joseph Severn guy was and why he was so obsessed with Keats, but of course I have yet to google it.
One of the windows at Michelangelo’s Capitoline Hill, a really inspirationally beautiful space. I jotted down something that I thought was pretty poetic at the time, but I’m not bothering to type it out because it’s not even close to historically accurate and when it comes to Michelangelo I don’t mess around.
Necessary bird picture
Jupiter temple that from the sketch
Toilets from the sketch
Necessary latte picture
All the sewer grates in Rome say SPQR which is something to do with the ancient roman government. It’s a little over the top I think.