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.