Art & Architecture Site Visit to the Capitoline Museums
Date Published: Sep. 21, 2016
In the middle of a busy academic week, students had a breath of fresh air with two
opportunities to go into Rome. First, on Tuesday, a group of students had a tour of William Kentridge’s show Triumphs and Laments
on the Tiber guided by Dr. Lila Yawn, who worked with Kentridge on the project. This
reverse graffiti installation on the river wall depicts images of the triumphs and
laments of Roman history and culture. Then, on Wednesday, the whole class went into Rome for another Art and Architecture visit, this time
to the renowned Capitoline Museums, the oldest public museum complex in the world.
The Capitoline Museums also house many of the original art from which William Kentridge
drew upon for his Triumphs and Laments. The class was taken around the museums by
Dr. Elizabeth Robinson and two other Italian guides. They discussed some of the most
exciting works of Roman art, such as the Statue of a Dying Gaul, dating to the Hellenistic
period, the bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius (of which there is a copy
on the Capitoline Hill), and a beautiful mosaic of doves found at Hadrian’s villa
in Tivoli, a town not far from Rome.