Aug 31, 2014

Piazza della Repubblica

Night scenery of Piazza della Repubblica where there is the splendid Fountain of Naiads. Flanked by grand neoclassical colonnades, this landmark piazza was laid out as part of Rome's post-unification makeover. It follows the lines of the semicircular exedra (benched portico) of Diocletian's Baths complex and was originally known as Piazza Esedra. In the centre, this fountain aroused puritanical ire when it was unveiled by architect Mario Rutelli in 1901. The nudity of the four naiads or water nymphs, who surround the central figure of Glaucus wrestling a fish, was considered too provocative. Dedicated to my blog follower from Paris (France), Laurence

Aug 30, 2014

Fercoldo, the monk

Inside the Baths of Diocletian, the largest bathing complex ever built in the Roman period. This photo shows wall and oil paintings, signed and dated by the author Filippo Baldi (1806-1890). On the wall, in the internal part of the door, one can see represented a Carthusian monk, father of Pope Clement IV, the name of whom - as in inscription says - is Fercoldo, whom became a monk after his wife's death , and who died in 1265. On the internal part of the wooden door some objects are painted using the trompe-l'oeil techinique

Aug 29, 2014

Terme di Diocleziano

The Terme di Diocleziano (Baths of Diocletian), built between 298 and 306 AD by the emperor Diocletian, were the largest and most sumptuous of the imperial baths in ancient Rome, an amazing monumental complex, unique in the world, both for its size and for its state of preservation. It is an iconic site for the thousands of years of Rome's history. They were transformed by Michelangelo into the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Carthusian Monastery, and subsequently the location of the Museum Nazionale Roman from its foundation in 1889. The visitor's route starts from the magnificent and imposing tenth hall (Aula Decima) of the Baths. Next one can visit three separate museums - the Epigraphic Museum, the Museum of Protohistory and the Virtual Museum of the Via Flaminia - and end up in Michelangelo's grand cloister, a surprising oasis of peace and quiet. More than 400 works of art - statues, reliefs, altars and sarcophagi - from different monuments in Rome are on display there

Aug 24, 2014

Night Colosseum

This post is dedicated to Maria Roco talented street photographer, recently passed away.  My sincere condolences to her family.
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