Saturday, April 6, 2019

Musei Capitolini

where: Piazza del Campidoglio
getting there: bus to Piazza Venezia, short walk to the Capitoline Hill
open: 9:30- 19:30 daily, closed Christmas Day
cost: €11.50
information: free cloakroom. Audio-guides available €6

Surrounding Michelangelo's square on the Campidoglio are the buildings that house the Capitoline Museums.
The origin of the museum dates back to the 15th century when Pope Sixtus IV donated to the people of Rome the bronze Wolf, Head of Constantine, and the Boy with Thorn. 
In 1734 Pope Clement XII opened the museum to the public for the first time. Then in 1750 Pope Benedetto XIV opened the Capitoline Pinacoteca, one of the earliest public picture galleries, with the collections from the Sacchetti and Pio di Savola families.
The two buildings are connected by a tunnel directly underneath the piazza.

Many of the rooms in the museum are beautifully frescoed, including the large room, the Hall of the Horatii and Curiatti, painted by Giuseppe Cesari (Cavaliere d'Arpino) depicting the ancient history of Rome, completed in 1640.

Giuseppe Cesari 
The museum's collection includes ancient Roman, Egyptian and Etruscan sculptures, artifacts, jewels, coins, mosaics and tapestries.

The Pinacoteca (picture gallery) is on the second floor. The huge collection dates from the 15th to 17th centuries and include Caravaggio's Saint John the Baptist and the Portrait of Urban VIII by Pietro da Cortona.

Pompeo Batoni

Carlo Maratta

Giullaume Courtois



Giovanni Baglione


Artists in the Capitoline Pinacoteca
Annibale Carracci
Lorenzo Lotto
Dosso Dossi

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These are a few of my favourite books about Rome

The Cardinal's Hat by Mary Hollingsworth
This book tells the story of one of the sons of Lucrezia Borgia who became a cardinal during the 16th century.

The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev
I love this book telling the story of Caterina Sforza who was fighting against the Borgia pope to retain the rights of her land and her freedom.

The Popes by John Julius Norwich
A detailed but easy and enjoyable book to read about the history of the papacy and the popes.

The Pope's Daughter by Caroline P Murphy
This book describes in beautiful detail, the life and times of Pope Julius II daughter, Felice della Rovere.

The Families Who Made Rome by Anthony Majanlahti
I love this Book! It explains the families who made Rome what it is as we see it today and also looks at their triumphs, scandals and failures.

Rome by Robert Hughes
This book explains Rome from its beginning and expands on the Renaissance and Baroque until present times.

The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr
Another of my favourite reads about a lost Caravaggio painting and the search for its provenance.

other sites I trust for information on Rome are:
Rome Art Lover
Churches of Rome wiki