Pompeii or Locked Out (June, 2013)

August 29, 2013

I enjoyed my visit to Pompeii. I really did! But in the last twenty years I have never seen so many locked houses and inaccessible areas. However, Pompeii being such a gigantic site, I still saw some great things I’d never seen before…

Locked out, Pompeii (060313)

At least you can see some of the mosaics and frescoes here…

Vietato l'accesso sign, Pompeii (060313)

Keep out!

 

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Herculaneum (June, 2013)

August 21, 2013

Many people prefer Herculaneum to Pompeii. Perhaps this is because it is smaller and more manageable? There are some nice new facilities since last I visited but it seemed like fewer buildings were open than usual… Still, there was plenty to see.

Herculaneum (070213)

Mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite

Herculaneum (070213)

Seat of the Augustales

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Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (Naples Archaeological Museum)

August 10, 2013

This is my favorite museum in Italy. Like the Capitoline and Palatine Museums in Rome, the Naples Archaeological Museum has seen significant improvements in recent years. In particular, the lighting seemed better in many galleries. If you’re visiting the Naples area and have any interest in antiquity, you need to go here. A trip to Pompeii or Herculaneum is not really complete if you don’t also see the artifacts taken from those sites. Considering the current inaccessibility of vast swathes of Pompeii (see forthcoming post), I’d suggest visiting the museum instead of the site if you have a limited amount of time. Also, if you’re visiting Rome, be aware that the museum is easily reachable from Rome by train for a day trip. These photos don’t even begin to do justice to the breadth and quality of the collection:

Europa fresco, Casa di Giasone, Pompeii, MAN Naples, INV 111475 (060213)

Europa about to depart for Crete

Musicians mosaic, MAN Naples (060213)

Street musicians, late Republican mosaic by Dioscorides

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The Palatine Museum (June, 2013)

August 9, 2013

They’ve considerably improved the lighting in much of the Palatine Museum since the last time I was there.

Apollo fresco, Palatine Museum (060113)

Apollo

Asklepios, Palatine Museum INV 1115, ca150 CE (060113)

Asklepios

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The Capitoline Museums

August 8, 2013

There have been a bunch of improvements to the Capitoline Museums since I was last there (seven years ago?): new rooms, better lighting, a great view of the Republican forum…

Wall view, Capitoline Museums SQUARE

Many, many inscriptions…

Wolf and twins, Capitoline Museums (060113)

The famous wolf and twins

Stele of Anicetus, NCE109

Funeral stele for a gladiator

Sarcophagus with hunt scenes, MC Inv 822 (maybe) (060113)

Detail of a sarcophagus

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Ara Pacis Museum

August 7, 2013

Here’s the first of what will be many posts from my trip to Italy this summer.

First stop was the Ara Pacis Museum:

Entrance to Ara Pacis Museum

Entrance to Ara Pacis Museum

Ara Pacis Museum (053113)

Vestals at a banquet (?)

Ara Pacis Museum (053113)

The so-called Tellus panel of the Ara Pacis

Ara Pacis Museum (053113)

Procession relief from the Ara Pacis

Relief of a temple from the Ara Pacis Museum

Relief of a temple from the Ara Pacis Museum

Ara Pacis Museum (053113)

View of the Ara Pacis

Ara Pacis Museum (053113)

Another view of the Ara Pacis


Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Altemps

August 7, 2013

The Palazzo Altemps museum is wonderful collection in a beautiful building:

MNR Palazzo Altemps courtyard, Rome (053113)

Central courtyard of the museum

Ludovisi Throne, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 8570 (Hollander, 2013)

The ‘Ludovisi Throne’

Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 8574 (Hollander, 2013)

Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus

Gallienus, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 8633 (Hollander, 2013)

Gallienus

Crouching Aphrodite, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 380998 (Hollander, 2013)

Crouching Aphrodite

Slab with Isis cult scene, 100 CE, MNRPA INV 77255 (053113)

Isis cult scene