On Thursday, we went on a tour of Rome with our very own teacher, Francesco Petrucci, as the tour guide. Our tour started with churches in Rome that represent baroque architecture (courtesy of Bernini, of course) as well as Jesuit churches. Francesco’s knowledge of the symbolism behind the artwork in each of the churches made the experience much more enjoyable. Each church that we walk into is very impressive, so impressive that we usually have no idea what to even focus on or what is important about the many statues that we see.
After the churches and the quick tour of Palazzo Albani – which was on a street corner so it had to be quick to ensure no one was run over by a tour bus or motorcycle, we went to the Borghese gardens. For me and the group thatI did the Scavenger Hunt assignment with, this brought back some unfortunate memories, because these gardens were where we got lost during our first experience in Rome. I’m still not sure how we managed to wander around a park on the opposite side of Rome for two hours. Seriously, we stopped and had lunch here because we were so lost. Walking through the park with Cinzia to guide us was a much better experience.
We toured the Borghese Gallery where we saw incredible statues such as “Apollo and Daphne”, and “The Rape of Persephone”. The Rape of Persephone has been my favorite sculpture yet because of the incredible detail. Bernini was able to make the statue unbelievably lifelike, from the way the foot was curved, to the veins in Hades’ hand, to the impression he makes on her skin as he is grabbing her. The gallery, gardens, and churches were such an amazing experience and I can’t wait to learn more about Italy’s history and art as we venture into Venice and Florence in the upcoming week!
“The Rape of Persephone” showing the complex detail of the statue.