The Dying Gaul

The first time I saw the sculpture of the Dying Gaul {Hellenistic period, c. 230–c. 220 BC; marble} was in February 2014 in the Pantheon shaped rotunda of the National Gallery of Art. The Italian government organized an artistic exchange program in 2013 marking the “Year of Italian Culture”, where centuries old pieces that had never left Italy were brought to the United States for viewing.

But, while in Rome at the Musei Capitolini you walk up steps into a gallery where the back of this sculpture is your first view. Next you begin to walk around the piece taking in items that are rarely seen from books; beside the warrior there is a trumpet, a sword, and a pentagram near one of his feet. To have time to view the sculpture without severe crowds was an honor, and seeing small details in the physical appearance of the Gaul, such as veins in his arms or the crease around the torso is absolutely exquisite.

Musei Capitonlini
Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC 20565

Washington Post Article, December 12, 2013

The Georgetowner
1050 30th St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
January 26, 2014

Enjoy, Kathleen

Vacanza Romana

When approaching Trevi Fountain you see the exquisite Baroque design throughout the sculpted marble, but can’t help thinking when getting back to the hotel you may want to upload the films Roman Holiday, La Dolce Vita or Three Coins in the Fountain for evening diversions.

At the Villa Borghese off the Via Veneto in Rome, and must say the gardens are to be envied. I have come away with fabulous ideas for Heath!!!

While strolling in the historic Borghese gardens I recalled my history of Paolina Bonaparte Borghese, who reminded me so much of Alexis Colby from Dynasty. After the death of her first husband, she went about acquiring the Hôtel de Charost in Paris away from a duchess; married Camillo Borghese, the 6th Prince of Sulmona before the set mourning date her brother Napoleon felt was suitable in regards to first husband, and she continued with extra marital affairs. Does this 19th century diva have “reality tv” written all over her lifestyle? And, to see the neo-classical Canova sculpture of Venus Victrix [white marble] on the ground floor of the villa was absolutely spectacular. Can you imagine posing {nude} for Antonio Canova one of the greatest neoclassical artist of the time….sculpting you in marble?

Fun Facts about the Flavian Amphitheatre {Colosseum}

1. Latin name is Amphitheatrum Flavium. 

2. Nero’s villa {Domus Aurea} included an enormous lake, upon which emperor Vespasian attempted to remove all facets of his predecessor by building an arena for the people.

3. The shape is elliptical with a base area of six acres, and is still the largest amphitheater in the world.

4. One of the most visited sites in Italy.

So much can be accessed by staying on the Via Veneto; the American Embassy, Harry’s Bar, Villa Borghese, quaint shops and la panetteria‘s {bakeries} after a day of gallery hopping!!! A cappuccino and a treat is always the best way to recharge in the afternoon.

Remember to travel stylishly,